CTA Bus Driver Helps Police Nab Blue Line Robbers

CHICAGO (STMW) – An “alert” CTA bus driver is being credited with helping police nab two men who attacked and robbed a Blue Line passenger Tuesday, then hopped a bus to the north suburbs.

Bond was set at $200,000 each on Wednesday for Tevon Woods and Alvon Hoskins, both 20, of Chicago, who were charged with robbery after being arrested at a Wendy’s restaurant in Niles.

Woods was in line ordering and Hoskins was hiding in a bathroom, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said the victim was listening to music on his iPhone when he got off a Blue Line train at the Harlem station. The suspects grabbed him from behind by his backpack and pulled him down the escalator to the platform.

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The backpack was ripped off him with such force that the straps broke and it was thrown onto the tracks, the release said. The men then grabbed the iPhone and ran off.

They boarded a northbound Harlem CTA bus, where the driver overheard their suspicious conversation and called police after dropping them off at the restaurant at 7243 N. Harlem in Niles.

Police responded to the Wendy’s, and took Woods into custody while he was standing in line to order food. Hoskins was found hiding in the restroom and police recovered the victim’s iPhone in the garbage can in the bathroom, the release said.

Both men, who were identified by the victim, are scheduled for preliminary hearings on Aug. 23. They face up to seven years in prison each if convicted.

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  • depgn

    Where does it say the robbers are “Black”?

  • Yard Ape

    Judging from their names I can only assume they are of the simian species.

  • Fed Up

    Why are my comments not posted here???

  • Disgusted

    These individuals had BETTER be convicted. This is disgusting! Wake up people and look around at what is going on!

  • Just Axin

    Disgusted- It would be nice if people did look around them and take note of what’s going on. Do these punks have a criminal history? Is some jerk off state’s atty going to plea bargin them down to a simple theft charge? These are the things we need to know about that are not always forthcoming.

  • rc

    The thugs should at least get their pictures published so that potential future victims can recognize them. I am not sure Tevon and Alvon would consider it a deterrent. Not even the prospect of jail time deters these criminals. This demographic really does live in a different world of values, if you can call it that.

  • Joe

    I wish more people would speak up when they witness or overhear something serious like this. That CTA bus driver is rare in our society anymore. Most people are too busy living in their own worlds to even notice something like this. I take my hat off to him. I wish there were more people like him in our city.

  • Ree

    When I lived downtown and commuted to the suburbs Mon-Fri, I would NEVER have my headphones on when walking home or waiting for the bus. It’s sad today that you can’t do that or even talk on your phone during rush hour commutes without some apes getting you.

    If only these thugs would just take the stuff instead of beating people up. They can have my stuff, just don’t touch me.

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