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Man charged in Orange Line robbery

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Updated: August 29, 2014 1:05PM

Two men boarded the northbound CTA Orange Line train at Halsted on a Wednesday afternoon.

One pulled a blue-steel revolver, according to a police source.

And the other told their fellow passengers: “Give me your s - - -.”

By the time the train reached Roosevelt, its next stop, prosecutors said the thieves had collected purses, wallets, cash and cellphones in a black backpack — and were ready to flee.

But on Sunday, Michael A. Taylor, 20, of the South Austin neighborhood, appeared before Cook County Judge James Brown, charged with robbery in connection with the stickup about 4:15 p.m. on July 16.

Brown ordered Taylor held in lieu of $300,000 bail after Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy said Taylor was the man who collected passengers’ belongings during the robbery. The armed man also struck one woman in the face with his handgun, according to the source.

Novy said the other man has yet to be charged. But Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said the man had been arrested in Indiana and was awaiting extradition to Illinois. It wasn’t immediately known where in Indiana he was arrested.

CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said authorities learned of the crime after one of the riders who was robbed alerted CTA personnel at the Roosevelt station — where the robbers fled.

The transit agency held the train at the Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren station until police arrived, she said.

Taylor, of the 700 block of North Waller, was arrested Friday night in Rockford, police said.

He was charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with a separate incident on May 12, when he allegedly fired shots at a group of people in the 5700 block of West Ohio Street, police said. No one was hurt in that shooting.

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