Boys, ages 15 and 16, robbed CTA passenger of his shoes, police say

Chicago police say this group robbed a man at the Racine Blue Line station. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Two boys, ages 15 and 16, were part of an armed robbery crew that robbed a CTA passenger at the Racine Blue Line station on June 8, police say. CPD continues to look for three more members of the group.

Mass Transit Unit detectives released surveillance images of the robbers on June 10 and asked the public to call them with any information that could help with the investigation. CPD officers arrested the 15-year-old that same day, and the 16-year-old was arrested yesterday, police said.

According to CPD, five young men tried to rob a 17-year-old at gunpoint at the train station around 1:40 p.m. on that Saturday afternoon. The holdup turned violent when the people seen in these CTA surveillance images kicked and beat the victim on the platform, then stole the gym shoes he was wearing and fled, police said.

Both boys are charged with armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery. Mugshots are not available for the two boys who’ve been arrested because they are juveniles. As a result, it’s not possible to know which of the suspects seen in the images has been charged.

Anyone who recognizes them can contact Mass Transit investigators at 312-745-4447. The case number is JH-297731.

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