Teen, four men charged with robbing CTA Green Line riders
Sun-Times Media Wire June 8, 2012 2:22PM
Clockwise from top left: Darius Nash, Robert Harrison, Joseph White and Raymond LeFlore have been charged with robbing CTA Green Line riders.
Updated: June 8, 2012 4:42PM
Five young men between the ages of 16 and 21 have been charged with a series of robberies that targeted CTA Green Line riders at a West Side station.
The robberies occurred between mid-March and late May on the platform and outside the station in the 4700 block of West Lake Street, according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
Police reports showed that “several victims were robbed of cell phones and personal belongings” at that station, Mirabelli said. The Austin District robbery team worked with CTA officials to view video tapes and were able to identify suspects, who were positively identified by the victims, Mirabelli said.
On March 19, about 10 p.m., a 22-year-old man was on the platform at the station when three males -- one with a handgun -- approached, Mirabelli said. The victim was struck with the handgun, and the three took his tote bag, which contained a cell phone and computer.
Raymond LeFlore, 19, of the 4500 block of West Fulton Street; Darius Nash, 17, also of the 4500 block of West Fulton; and a 16-year-old male, were each charged with one count of robbery with a firearm, according to Mirabelli. LaFleur and Nash were scheduled for bond hearings Friday, he said.
Robert Harrison, 17, of the 4900 block of West Ferdinand Street, has been charged with one count of attempted robbery and one count of robbery for two incidents that occurred in May, Mirabelli said.
On May 15, while on a train at the station, Harrison allegedly struck a woman in the face and took her iPhone, according to police. On May 18, he is accused of striking a 23-year-old woman in the face and trying to take her bag before he fled the train.
On May 25, a 25-year-old woman was walking outside the station about 10:45 p.m., talking on her iPhone when she was approached by a man who forcibly took the phone, police said. Joseph White, 21, of the 7600 block of South Coles Avenue, has been charged with one count of robbery, police said. He was also expected to appear in court Friday.