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Man arrested for mugging in Jackson CTA tunnel

July 25, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Near North Side man was arrested Wednesday morning for robbing a man of his cell phone in the Jackson Street tunnel connecting the Red and Blue Line trains, officials said.

Lawrence Matchem, 23, of the 0-100 block of West Chicago Avenue, was allegedly walking with a group of at least two other young men in the tunnel connecting the train lines near 300 S. State St. Tuesday when he saw a 21 year-old man with a cell phone, county prosecutors said.

A witness told police he saw Matchem run toward the man after they passed each other, punch him in the face twice, and take his phone after he fell to the ground, according to prosecutors. The phone, a Samsung, is valued at $600, according to the police report.

The man was knocked unconscious and was treated at the University of Chicago hospital, where he required several stitches, the report said. The witness said two other men with Matchem participated in the robbery as well, but they were not arrested with Matchem, the report said.

Officers arrested Matchem, an Epic Burger employee, a day later at his home address after recognizing him as one of the co-offenders for the robbery, which was recorded on CTA surveillance video.

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