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CTA bus driver helps police nab Blue Line robbers

An “alert” CTA bus driver is being credited with helping police nab two men accused of attacking and robbing a Blue Line passenger Tuesday, then hopping a bus to the north suburbs.

Bond was set at $200,000 each on Wednesday for Tevon Woods and Alvon Hoskins, both 20, of Chicago, who were charged with robbery after being arrested at a Wendy’s restaurant in Niles. Prosecutors said the victim was listening to music on his iPhone when he got off a Blue Line train at the Harlem station. The suspects grabbed him from behind by his backpack and pulled him down the escalator to the platform.

The backpack was ripped off him with such force that the straps broke and it was thrown onto the tracks, according to a release from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. The men then grabbed the iPhone and ran off.

The suspects boarded a northbound Harlem CTA bus, where the driver overheard their conversation and called police after dropping them off at the restaurant at 7243 N. Harlem in Niles.

Police took Woods into custody while he was standing in line to order food. Hoskins was found hiding in the restroom and police recovered the victim’s iPhone in the garbage can in the bathroom, the release said.

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