(Above) Surveillance images of five of the suspects in attacks last Saturday on CTA riders. (Click on images to view larger versions.)
1-Jan-19 Chicago police have issued surveillance images of six suspects who are wanted in connection with the beatings of three people on the CTA Red Line platform at State & Chicago during a mob incident last Saturday.
Police said the suspects were part of a large group of teens who surrounded and attacked the victims without provocation at 7:12 p.m. on December 29.
The victims are a 29-year-old California woman, her 28-year-old Chicago boyfriend, and a 26-year-old man. All three were treated at the scene.
The 28-year-old man, beaten as he waited for a train at State & Chicago, suffered injuries to his hand, lip, and eye, and his eyeglasses were broken, according to Chicago Sun-Times. He later went to a hospital where doctors determined that his eye socket had been fractured. No one was arrested in connection with the attack.
The latest mob attacks began at around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday when a victim reported being battered near the CTA Red Line station at State & Chicago. A man was arrested in connection with that attack.
At the same time, employees of a nearby McDonalds reported 50 teenagers fighting inside the restaurant at 10 East Chicago Avenue. After being pushed from the restaurant, the group headed three blocks east to Water Tower Place, where a disturbance was reported on the second floor at 5:45 p.m. Police estimated the crowd to be 50-to-60 strong.
(Left) Surveillance image of the sixth suspect.
Police moved the teens out of the mall and followed the group as it headed east toward Lake Michigan and then back to Water Tower Place, sparking widespread reports of assaults and fighting.
By 6:30 p.m., the mob began making its way back to the Red Line station at State & Chicago. The H&M clothing store reported being struck by many shoplifters and the McDonalds again reported being overrun by the mob.
Once on the Red Line platform, members of the group began beating people apparently at random.
Southbound Red Line trains were delayed as the crowd made its way out of the area. A train conductor told CTA dispatchers passengers were rocking the cars from side to side and the conductor did not feel safe moving the train.
Chicago police describe the suspects as black men, 15 to 19 years old, five-feet-six to six-feet tall. Anyone with information about the suspects may contact Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8380 regarding case JB-571818.
(Right) Video from mob attack at State & Chicago CTA Red Line station on December 29, captured on a mobile device and obtained by CWB Chicago.