Rider: Teens ‘Got On The Bus And Started Beating On People’

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications has released the 911 tapes from a horrifying attack this month, in which four teenagers disabled a CTA bus and beat and robbed a passenger.

The teens – two of them 17 years old and two of them 13 – got on the bus in the 600 block of East 71st Street around 7 p.m. Jan. 21.

They disabled the engine by hitting a switch on the side of the bus, then began beating and punching the passenger, a Chicago Transit Authority spokesman told CBS 2.

In a 911 call, a woman on the bus is frantic.

“A group of guys, they… oh my God… they got on the bus and started beating on people, trying to rob everybody on the bus,” the woman said.

Following the incident, Grand Crossing District tactical unit officers responded immediately to the call and arrested two of the teens at the scene, police spokesman John Mirabelli said. Two others attempted to flee the area but were soon caught by police.

A witness on the bus, along with the victim, were able to identify the four as the offenders, Mirabelli said.

The two 13-year-olds have each been charged as juveniles with a count of misdemeanor battery.

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Anthony Williams (left) and Darius Love (right), both 17, were charged with beating a CTA bus driver on Jan. 21, 2012. Two 13-year-old boys were also charged as juveniles in the attack. (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

The other two, Darius Love and Anthony Williams, both 17, were charged as adults. Love, of the 700 block of East 90th Place, has been charged with a misdemeanor count of battery and a felony count of robbery. Williams, of the 7200 block of South Evans Avenue, stands charged with a misdemeanor count of battery and a felony count of attempted robbery.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Afro

    This is absolutely inexcusable and totally avoidable Pat Quinn I hope I hope you are happy with another


    How safe do you feel fellow Illinoisans?

    you can call Pat Quinn’s office and voice your support for HB 148 Brandon Phelps said he may bring it up again around March and guess what.

    ISRA is proud to sponsor Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day for 2012. Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Forget the hassle of parking near the Capitol! IGOLD will have buses going to Springfield from strategic locations throughout Illinois. Ride the bus, ride with your friends. This year there are additional buses in the Chicago area.


    • Clayton Parker

      Nothing to see here, just a few Democrats doing what comes naturally.

  • God Son

    My God be the judge of he who criticizes another mans rights of a human being. I will pray for your souls if not Gods to keep. Before you judge and point fingers make sure your hands are clean also. God is good

    • Russ


    • Lyndia


      • Leroy Goldberg

        God is good, IT’S JUST YOU AND YOURS THAT ARE NOT.

  • dmbmve

    I jus wsh Just ONE person on that bus woulda had a gun themselves. Just then maybe no-one woulda got hurt. WE NEED To be able to carry weapons. In this day and age, The police cannot be Everywhere at the same time. We need to defend ourselves.Try to rob ME and I’ll P O P your azz.

    • Mr. Justice

      I really like your thinking.

      I agree.

      • BADRAD

        TOO Bad Bernard Goetz or whatever his name is, wasnt on that BUS

        YES, we all need to be armed, as it is only the cops and outlaws are the one who are armed, AND TO ALL OF YOU GUN HATERS…..

        GO fu** yourselves, and hopefully one day YOUR lives are saved BY A CIVILIAN WITH A GUN, NOT A COP, A REGULAR JOE.

  • God Son

    God bless you all, as much as I wanna criticize it is not in my nature through God to do so. I shall say no more cause God has given me the words he chose for you to receive. May the Lord God fill your hearts and wash away your judgement for it is he who will devour all evil. Amen

  • tom Sharp

    These two nitwits will get slapped on the wrist and within a year at most be back on the streets beating and robbing again. All thanks to their taxpayer-funded lawyer and a stupid legal system.

  • mad dawg

    Illinois gun laws do favor the thugs, it seems.
    I go to the gun range at least once a week to practice, practice, practice.
    Citizens should have the right to carry, but they have the obligation to have experience with the weapon and to know the rules of conflict and consequences of their actions.
    Kentucky understands…

  • Tom

    I defer to THEE Yard Ape. Mr THEE Yard Ape, the floor is yours…….

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Obviously they must have been raised by NWA or Lyndia.

  • Lyndia

    Roberta, you are correct on this point: HAVING A GUN DOESN’T MEAN USING A GUN. There are times when you have to pick up the gun, to make the other person PUT DOWN THE GUN. Illinois is the ONLY STATE IN THE UNION that does not have any type of conceal carry or open carry for that matter. All you gun control freaks, ask yourself this one question: WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO THE YOUNG GIRL IN OKLAHOMA IF SHE DID NOT HAVE THAT RIFLE WHEN THAT FUNNY LOOKING GOON TRIED TO BREAK IN ON HER AND HER BABY. WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED? You know what would have happened, don’t you? He would have raped her then cut her throat. He would have killed the little baby too. Goldberg, I did not raise those boys. My daughter is an educator and my son owns not one but two very sucessful businesses. They have never been to jail a day in their lives. What are yours doing?

    • Hoth Industries

      What the hell does conceal carry or open carry gun laws have to do with that situation in Oklahoma? You should talk to your educator daughter and have her teach you to keep on point.

      • Hoth Industries

        Mr. Justice, I do not have ADD or ADHD, but I do own a HDTV. It’s awesome!

      • Mr. Justice

        @ Hoth Industries……..Obviously you are ADD or ADHD as you can’t seem to put two and two together. The point is, law abiding citizens have the RIGHT to protect themselves and their loved ones.

      • Greg B

        The point is that OK trusts their citizens to be armed, and to defend themselves. Chitown is run by leftists – they think everyone else is a child, so can’t be trusted with guns. Just look at how leftists have always resisted concealed carry – they _always_ say it will lead to a wild west atmosphere, though that has never happened in any state. That doesn’t prevent them from saying it at every opportunity.
        Chitown is a laboratory of leftist politics. Enjoy.

  • Just Axin

    Tony- Save your condescending attitude. I didn’t see anything in Afro’s message that reflects your misguided perception. What I did take from it is that Quinn and his idiot friends have blood on their hands. No one also assumes that the passengers would “expertly pull out their guns….without shooting themselves or other passengers”. Guns don’t “create problems”. People create problems. It seems like you have a problem with the concept of the law abiding protecting themselves. Let’s see how long you have that attitude while riding a bus on 71st.

    • Tony

      Exactly: PEOPLE create problems. Morons pulling out their guns will shoot themselves, at best, and others, at worst. SHole, I live in the area!!!! Ride the bus??? I live it!!!!!

      • Afro

        So everyone in the world is a moron but Tony

  • Tony

    To Roberta and Hoth.

    First, Roberta: thank you for the cogent rebuttal. What a refreshing post to read! I agree that if several passengers pulled out their guns, it would have caused the thugs to freeze, to reconsider, and several of them may have tripped over the other two to run away. But at least one may have had a gun also, resulting in a blood bath caused by shooting at the shooter which ultimately would have resulted in random shootings. My point is that ALL citizens should have the right to carry a concealed weapon AFTER proper training recognized by the state, such as that for the Chicago Police Officers. Again, thank you for your thoughtful comments.

    Second, Hoth…what can I say? Your babble is without merit and deserves no further response.

  • Zatso

    Common sense tells us that these KREEPES should be put out of commission.

    Jail time, no bail, work detail, no visitation, 12 hours of religion on Sunday, and no TV.

    Quit your comments and speak up for common sense.<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

  • good side

    blame the dcfs for the kids growing up without fear or respect to any citizens.
    back then my parent’s used to hit us and called disciplines.now a days parents hit their kids they go to jail for abused.leave the family alone to punish and disciplines their kids without any fear going to jail.fix the system.compare the kids in the 50’s,60’s 70’s kids has more respect.80’s 90’s and present kids are just rotten spoil.

    • OLD VET


    • Afro

      @good side

      Thats a cop out my kids get their ass wupped if and when they need it and they have respect for people. I have not one time ever been in trouble for properly administering a but smack. My oldest is studying administrative justice, my next to oldest is studying psychology my other 2 younger ones are doing great in school, perfect attendances and A and B grades

  • Hoth Industries

    Tony, my comment was meant for:


    Tony Like I said if Illinois had concealed carry this never would have happened and these 13 year old punks would have took off running if someone had pulled out a gun or been dead. The people on the bus were already endangered by the criminals you fool.

    But something is up with this thread’s sequencing. Also, it was posted as a stand-alone comment, and not as a reply.

    What’s that? Oh. No problem. I accept you’re sincere apology.

  • Just Axin

    Tony-Just let history be your guide before you pull out more drama queen scenarios. In the 49 states that allow cc, we don’t see scenarios play out that you seek to scare us over. Live in the real world.

  • Mike P

    There is a M U C H easier solution than carrying a gun for protection – STAY the Frack O U T of Chicago

  • juju

    don’t need a gun. just axe the goof balls, “what your daddy be doing to makes sum money” makes them think “i gotta daddy?” then you can run. if dat dont work throw them a basketball. they cant resist

  • William

    Only the Police are allowed to carry weapons and use deadly force to protect themselves.

  • JOE

    They look like part of obamas reelection backers collecting campaign funds. “Nothing going on here move along” E.Holder

  • Daniel Morgan

    Get used to it. The worse is yet to come in Obama’s New American Order.

  • Robert Steele

    So all the terrorist have to do is hit the switch for a bus fool of sitting ducks……Homeland security my ass!

    • Robert Steele

      Yes I meant “FOOL of sitting ducks” as in, UNARMED

  • Salmon

    Darius Love will be getting some Darius Lovin’ in the big house… I imagine those dreads make wonderful handles.

  • HangEm Hye

    Oh my goodness, African-American youth… say it isn’t so… I’m shocked. SHOCKED!

    I would have never guessed.

  • Red_River

    To all you “Holier-than-Thou” posters. First Get the context correct, Jesus of Nazareth did not say “Judge Not, PERIOD”, He said “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” what is the baseline for righteous judgement you wonder? Well since the “New” Testament hadn’t been written yet we must turn to the Scripture that existed at the time, what we call the Old Testament and in the books containing the Law of Moses we find the commands and one of those is not to steal and then it later spells out graphically the punishment for thieves. Read it sometime… if we followed it there would be a lot less crime and significantly less 3 time losers.

    For Christians critical of those who wish to defend themselves, let me ask you a question, Where is the butt chewing Peter got for defending Jesus in the Garden as he was being arrested? Stating the reality of the moment “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.” isn’t exactly a stinging rebuke. If anything it was an under-whelming response as Jesus stated next that he could call upon 12 legions of angels if He so desired. So I suggest you cut them some slack . . .

  • juju

    Thank goodness, everyone shut up. Man, this sub-urbanites, are just giving themselves a bad name.
    Ever read so much sh it. Bet they are all related having incest. after all, they need to know how much more stupider they can get. Good luck you shines.

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