CTA crime update: One down, a few more new bad guys to catch

With Chicago crime - homicides in particular -being all over the national news, reports of crime on the CTA seem to have ratcheted up a bit, particularly the higher profile crimes.

"High profile" often means "happened downtown."

An arrest was made Monday in connection with the June 9 phone theft and subsequent beating of a passenger on a Red Line train at Lake Street. A 15-year-old suspect faces felony robbery and aggravated battery charges. Photos from CTA surveillance cameras helped lead to the arrest.

Meanwhile, a Tribune analysis of crime hot spots on the CTA shows that offenders target CTA customers in the downtown area and along the Red Line. So the above crime was the daily double in that respect.

In the last week we heard reports of a heinous CTA-related rape and strange attempted getaway from a phone theft.

In heinous crime news, Chicago police are looking for our help in finding two men who kidnapped a woman at gunpoint after meeting her on the north branch of the Blue Line June 30. The 52-year-old woman said she was forced off the train by the gunmen at the California stop, taken to a nearby apartment and sexually assaulted.

From the Tribune report:

The attackers were both black men in their 20s, standing between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds. One was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a blue hat; the other wore a maroon plaid shirt, blue jeans and a Philadelphia Phillies baseball hat.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8261.

The strange getaway attempt came early Tuesday morning early two men robbed a Forest Park man of two phones by gunpoint on the Blue Line. The offenders exited at Oak Park Avenue, the victim told police immediately after the incident. From the Forest Park Review story:

Oak Park police observed two men on the Oak Park station platform, who allegedly dropped the cellphones and gun and jumped onto the Blue Line tracks. They then scaled a fence and ran across westbound I-290 and up the embankment, where they were apprehended by police. Terrell L. Jones, 20 and Otire Woods, 22, both of Chicago, were charged with armed robbery. The firearm was determined to be a pellet gun.

The moral here is to report all crimes, and quickly. The perpetrators just might still be nearby admiring their loot.

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