On December 29, at approximately 7:12 pm, the riders at the Chicago Ave. station on the Red Line have been attacked by a group of teens. According to the Chicago Police, one of the victims suffered extensive bodily harm, including bone fractures and abrasions.
The offenders have been captured on the CTA cameras, and their photos have been published in the community alert issued by the Chicago Police on December 31st.
A few days later, an unnamed tipster came forward and identified one of the offenders. On January 3, the police arrested two juveniles and placed them into custody. They’re facing felony charges of aggravated battery / great bodily harm, along with mob action. According to the Chicago Police, the suspects are 15-year-old and 16-year-old African American males.
As the investigation unfolded, two more suspects were arrested on Tuesday this week, a 15-year-old and an 18-year-old. 15-year-old was not identified, since he’s a juvenile. The 18-year-old suspect has been identified as Michael Sardin, from 400th block of West 77th St. According to the Chicago Police, he turned himself in after obtaining the information that he was being sought by the authorities.
Sardin is the first adult arrested in connection with the Red Line attack. His bond was set at $5,000, and his next court date is scheduled for January 14th, at the Central Bond Court, located at 2600 S. California Ave.
The remainder of the group caught on video attacking passengers in an unprovoked incident remains at large. Everyone who has any information about this incident is asked to call the Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8380 and reference the case #JB-571818.