Teen Charged With Robbing Red Line Passengers At Shotgun Point

CHICAGO (CBS) — A teenager from the Uptown neighborhood has been charged with robbing several people at the point of a sawed-off shotgun at CTA Red Line ‘L’ stops.

Sylvester Curry, 18, of the 4600 block of North Beacon Street, stands charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm, police said. He was expected in bond court Friday, police said.

In the first robbery at about 1:50 a.m. Saturday, the suspect was standing on the platform at the Loyola Red Line station, which serves the Loyola University campus and the south end of the Rogers Park neighborhood.

The robber pulled his shotgun out of a backpack and demanded a cell phone from a 22-year-old man, according to police.

Less than two hours later, around 3:30 a.m., he robbed three more people at shotgun point at the Sheridan Red Line stop, at Sheridan Road just south of Irving Park Road at the northern edge of Lakeview.

The man got away with a total of six phones, including smartphones, police said. No one was injured and police later found the gun and backpack.

Police were able to use surveillance images to identify the suspect.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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  • Roberta Waker

    Not only did he violate FEDERAL law by having a sawed off shotgun, I’ll bet he didn’t have a FOID card, wasn’t a registered gun owner, and the gun probably wasn’t registered either. So how long will he be in jail just for these offenses? Mandatory for the sawed off gun, unregistered gun and owner SHOULD be about 15 years, but he probably will get those charges dropped in favor of a plea deal on the armed robbery. Our laws mean nothing because there are no penalties for violating them thanks to plea bargains. Time to STOP plea bargains and send these people to jail where they belong. PERIOD.


      And he’s BLACK!!!!!!!

  • doinok

    So glad this piece of dog cr*p has been caught and will most likely get 10-20 years in prison…..hooray.

  • tb

    A brazen armed robbery in the heart of one of the biggest Nanny State, anti-2nd-Amendment-rights places in the country?

    Not to worry. Chicago is so “progressive” his momma and rev’ren will declare what a “nice boy” and Chicago Public Schools honor roll student he is, and he’ll get a year of probation tops.

    We’re experts at making safe working environments for thug felon Obama voters.

    • Keyshawn

      Excellent observation,tb, this vicious black ass piece of sh!t should go to prison and never get out. Nigs like him will NEVER be a useful part of society!!!

    • Starr

      ur an ass and racist

      • Yard Ape

        @starr, U are obviously some POS liberal with white guilt or just a lover of violent simians in general. Either way ucangofukyourself! TB speaks the absolute truth!!! These violent ni@@ers need to be shot and that is the bottom line.

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  • Nate

    I hope he gets at least 10 years, we can’t even feel safe on the train what a shame. We need more security officers to protect us.

    • Roberta Waker

      Wonder how brave he would have been if confronted with someone pushing a .357 magnum into his face? Criminals like this are a very big PRO for conceal and carry in Illinois, especially in crime-ridden Chicago.

  • Bob Hamilton

    How about the useless reporting by the Sun “Times Media wire and CBS here? I guess The Chips said it best; “Whaddaya want for nuttin, rubber biscuits”?

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  • Vincent Kocan

    Another of our ex Mayor Daley’s Honor Students. Execute this vermin and everyone related to him.

  • JerBear

    The takeaway? Don’t use the El in the middle of the night.

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