2 teens charged in attack, robbery of TV host on CTA Red Line train in Lakeview

2 teens charged in attack, robbery of TV host on CTA Red Line train in Lakeview

CHICAGO (TOC) — Three youngsters have been charged in a string of latest robberies on Chicago public transit.

Two of them – a 15-year-old woman and 17-year-old boy – are accused of stealing a neighborhood actor’s telephone on a CTA Crimson Line prepare and placing him unconscious, police mentioned.

TV host Will Clinger has had days to heal from the assault that occurred to him on the Crimson Line final week as he headed downtown to fulfill a pal. He bought on at Thorndale, and because the prepare pulled into Addison, issues bought, nicely, wild.

“I had my telephone out and there have been two individuals, a girl and a person, sitting throughout from me,” Clinger mentioned. “The lady darted throughout the aisle, grabbed the telephone and each of them ran out the prepare automotive.”

As he was subsequent to the door, the 64-year-old bolted after them.

“It was pure intuition,” he mentioned. “I chased them down the platform and the subsequent factor I do know, I do not keep in mind getting hit, however one thing will need to have hit me exhausting within the head. I bought stitches to show it.”

He mentioned he regrets his motion.

“I went face ahead onto the platform,” Clinger mentioned.

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The thieves bought away on an evening when police mentioned there was one other incident close to Thorndale, a theft of a feminine passenger.

Clinger, the host of “Wild Travels” on PBS, a present about eclectic encounters throughout America, was shocked on the violence. He suffered a contusion, mind bleed and a swollen proper hand.

He was mugged years in the past on the Washington DC transit system, however, he mentioned with some levity, that this was worse.

“This metropolis is a good metropolis,” Clinger mentioned. “It deserves to be loved with out feeling threatened; let’s be sincere.”

The teenagers have been arrested Monday within the 5100-block of South Wentworth Avenue, police mentioned.

The woman was additionally charged with robbing a 74-year-old man on March 21 within the 1000-block of West Fullerton. And on April 25, she allegedly robbed a girl, 28, within the 1100-block of West Thorndale.

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A 3rd teen, a 15-year-old boy, and the 17-year-old boy have been charged with robbing a 33-year-old man April 13 within the 600-block of South State. They’re additionally accused of robbing a girl the identical day within the 1800-block of West Howard Avenue.

Crime has elevated on the CTA through the pandemic regardless of declines in ridership, prompting police to announce elevated staffing on public transit. Even personal residents have volunteered to journey CTA trains to handle crime.

Police and CTA officers have mentioned extra officers and personal safety can be patrolling trains, buses and platforms. Transit union officers have known as on CTA to convey again conductors aboard trains to additional beef up safety.

The video within the participant above is from an earlier report.

Solar-Instances Media contributed to this report.

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