Be alert and cautious if you are commuting downtown from Rogers Park or Edgewater on the CTA’s red line.
According to a story published by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Police Department has received three separate reports in the past two weeks about strong arm robberies occurring in Red and Blue line subway tunnels downtown.
Five men, who witnesses described as African Americans between the ages of 18 and 25, surrounded, threatened and beat their victims before talking their wallets, phones and even a designer belt.
The first of these incidents occurred at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 30. The men displayed a handgun.
Chicago Police have released images of surveillance camera footage that pictures four of the five suspects. CPD did not release an image of the fifth suspect.
Authorities have instructed anyone with information on the suspects pictured above to contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8384.
These incidents follow other crimes on the CTA within the last month. A passenger has been shot on a bus and a man shot himself on a different bus just a few days later. An arsonist also set fire to a train car on Jan. 20.