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Teen Charged With Robbing Red Line Passengers At Shotgun Point

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Sylvester Curry

Sylvester Curry is charged with robbing several people at Red Line ‘L’ stops using a shotgun. (Credit: Chicago Police)

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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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