Following a series of violent CTA attacks, four people were robbed early Thursday morning while on CTA trains or platforms, Chicago police said.
Early Thursday morning at 1:50 a.m., authorities said a 23-year-old woman was on the pink line in the 1900 block of S. Kedzie when she was approached by two male offenders dressed in black.
One of the attackers pulled out a handgun and placed it to the side of his head while claiming all of his personal property, Chicago police said. The attackers then exited the train and fled in an unknown direction.
The victims were not injured and refused to receive medical treatment at the scene.
Five minutes later, at 1:55 a.m., two men had exited a Pink Line train and were on the CTA platform at the 2100 block of S. Kedzie when two unidentified men approached them, authorities said .
The attackers pointed guns at the victims and demanded their personal belongings. The attackers then fled. The victims were not injured.
Later that morning at 4 a.m. in the 1100 block of W. Bryn Mawr, authorities say a 48-year-old man reported that he was sleeping on a southbound Red Line train when stranger woke him up and pointed a gun at him. and demanded his belongings.
The assailant then took personal property from the victim’s pockets and exited the train. The victim was not injured.
No one was in custody for any of the incidents.
Last week, CTA said it had added more security guards to stations, telling NBC Chicago that “the additional security guards announced a few weeks ago are being deployed as quickly as possible.”
However, community concerns continue to grow and neighborhood organization South Loop Neighbors held a town hall meeting on Wednesday to address the safety of CTA route users and what is being done to address the issue of violent crime.
“Over the past few months, concerns have been raised by people living in the South Loop regarding personal safety while riding the CTA,” a statement from the South Loop Neighbors organization said.
“There have been a number of recent news reports regarding the violence
crime at CTA stops as well as on routes, especially CTA rail lines. The concerns raised by the media are compounded by what many residents personally see using the CTA lines in the South Loop. »