2 armed men rob passengers on Orange Line CTA train: police
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE July 16, 2014 5:56PM
Chicago Police released these surveillance photos after two men robbed multiple passengers on an Orange Line CTA train Wednesday afternoon. Anyone with information is asked to contact Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.
Updated: July 17, 2014 11:47AM
Two armed men robbed multiple passengers on an Orange Line CTA train heading into downtown Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The robbery happened at 4:13 p.m. as the train traveled between the Halsted and Roosevelt stations, said Veejay Zala, a Chicago Police spokesman.
Two armed suspects took various items from multiple riders, Zala said. No one was in custody.
According to a police source, one of the suspects pulled out a blue steel revolver. The other yelled at riders to give him their belongings, then began collecting items from riders and putting them in a black backpack, as the man with the revolver pointed the gun at the victims.
The armed man struck one rider in the face with his handgun, according to the police source.
Authorities learned about the robbery after one of the riders who was robbed alerted CTA workers at the Roosevelt station, CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said.
The transit agency held the train at the Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren station until police arrived, she said. Service was delayed about eight minutes.
Police are reviewing surveillance video in the case, Zala said.