Edgewater: Luck brings costs in Purple Line theft


A Chicago man who robbed a Purple Line passenger final week is going through felony costs after the detective who was assigned to the case simply occurred to see him whereas watching a stay CTA surveillance digicam feed days later, in response to prosecutors.

Final Monday, a 25-year-old man advised police that he was using a northbound prepare when the robber boarded his automobile at Granville round 10 p.m. The suspect requested to make use of the sufferer’s telephone after which punched the sufferer within the face and physique when he stated the person couldn’t use it.

Marcos Rodriguez | CPD

When the sufferer walked to a different prepare automobile, the offender adopted him and demanded his cash whereas holding his hand inside a bag he was carrying. The sufferer took his pockets out, and the robber reached into it, took about $20 money, and fled on the subsequent cease.

Your complete incident was captured on CTA surveillance video, in response to prosecutors.

One week later, on September 14, the detective who’s assigned to the case occurred to be watching stay CTA digicam feeds from the Loop when he noticed a person who seemed just like the robber standing on the Jackson Purple Line platform. He organized for patrol officers to go to the station and detain the suspect.

The theft sufferer recognized the person, 21-year-old Marcos Rodriguez, as the one who beat and robbed him on the prepare, prosecutors stated throughout a Tuesday afternoon bond court docket listening to.

Rodriguez admitted to punching the sufferer, pretending he had a gun, and taking the person’s cash, in response to the state’s allegations. He additionally recognized himself and the sufferer in CTA surveillance photographs, prosecutors stated.

Decide Mary Marubio set bail for Rodriguez at $200,000 and ordered Rodriguez to go on digital monitoring if he can publish the necessary $20,000 deposit bond.

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