Three 15-year-old boys face robbery charges after they used toy guns to hold up a woman and a 14-year-old girl in the O’Hare neighborhood Thursday night.
The three boys were arrested at or near the Cumberland Blue Line station a
within about 15 minutes of the robberies, which took place just after 7 p.m.
Thursday. Police had to
chase one of them onto the CTA right-of-way to catch him, causing a brief
shutdown of Blue Line service.
One of the robberies took place in the 8700 block of West Bryn Mawr Avenue a
little after 7:05 p.m., when a group of teens approached a 31-year-old woman,
showed a weapon and demanded property from her. They took the
woman’s backpack and cell phone and fled.
About the same time, a 14-year-old girl walking in the 5400 block of North
East River Road—about a block away from the other robbery—was approached by a
group of teens, and one of them displayed a gun and announced a robbery. The
group took a smartphone and earphones from the girl and ran off.
A few minutes later, officers located five teenage boys at the Cumberland
Blue Line station, and quickly caught several of them. One of the
15-year-olds who later was charged got off the Cumberland platform and ran onto
the Blue Line tracks before he was caught.
In the boys’ possession police found a backpack with two toy guns that
matched the description of those used in the robberies.
Two of the 15-year-olds were charged with two counts of armed robbery, and
the third was charged with one count of armed robbery. The other
two taken into custody were released without charges.