Police Increase Patrols Around CTA Stations Following Series Of Red Line Attacks

Mike Krauser
January 02, 2020 - 10:58 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A series of violent attacks on the CTA’s Red Line have police keeping a closer eye on trains and platforms. 

The attacks have occurred on trains and platforms between Roosevelt and Chicago Avenue. In several cases, a group of young people, both male and female, have beaten and robbed Red Line train riders. 

A series of attacks began on Sunday, according to CBS 2. Just before 7 p.m., a pregnant woman told police that she and a friend were attacked by a group on a train, near the Roosevelt stop.

The 28-year-old woman told officers that she and her friend, a 23-year-old woman, were on the train near the Roosevelt stop when a mixed-gender group of assailant got on. One female assailant got into a quarrel with the older woman, while a second assailant hit the woman in the back of the head and caused her to fall, police said. The assailants kicked and stomped on the woman’s back and rib area, and then ran off, police said. The victim was taken to Mercy Hospital with bruised ribs. She also said some of her personal belongings were missing, police said.

At 11:40 p.m., about 10 blocks north at the Lake Street station, a 61-year-old man was attacked by a mixed-gender group of six to 10 attackers, who he said followed him onto the platform after harassing him on a train. Then the entire group attacked, punching the 61-year-old repeatedly and stealing his bag.

A 21-year-old man saw this happening and tried to help, but the group beat him up, too, and stole his cell phone. The attackers ran off. The victims were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with cuts to their faces.

And on New Year’s Eve, just before 8 p.m., there was another attack near the Grand Avenue stop. A 22-year-old man was punched in the face and robbed.

Police reported an uptick in attacks since Thanksgiving, but also more arrests. The CTA's trains and platforms are watched by high-definition security cameras and police said they have increased police presence across the CTA.