CTA Blue Line muggers arrested: Prosecutors

August 13, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Two men were arrested Monday for committing a separate set of robberies on the Blue Line CTA train line, county prosecutors said.

Kenneth Brown, 20, of Harvey, Ill., allegedly stole a backpack from a 50-year-old man near the Clinton Blue Line station early Monday morning, while he and a group of teenagers used the emergency doors to travel the length of an operating train.

Brown got into an altercation with one passenger, prosecutors said, who was riding the train with a bicycle that partially blocked the aisles. During the altercation, the 50-year-old man riding the train noticed his bag was missing, prosecutors said, and began traveling through the train cars searching for it. He allegedly found the bag under a seat Brown was sitting in, but Brown wouldn't give the bag up.

Brown fled the train at the Clinton Station, prosecutors said, and the man chased after him, eventually alerting police officers. Brown was arrested near Wacker Drive and Van Buren Street, and police recovered the man's backpack, which contained his cell phone.

Brown was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon and held on $125,000 bond.

Denzel Walker, 18, of the 1300 block of North Parkside Avenue, was arrested Monday morning after two alleged robbery victims identified him as the man who stole their cell phones from them at gunpoint on Aug. 6 on a Blue Line train.

Walker was charged with two counts of armed robbery, and one count of robbery for another cell phone robbery that took place on July 13 on a Blue Line train.

Walker appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Tuesday afternoon and was held on $250,000 bond.

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