Man charged with Orange Line armed robbery

Written By BY MITCH ARMENTROUT Staff Reporter Posted: 07/27/2014, 05:42am

A West Side man has been charged with the armed robbery of five passengers on a CTA Orange Line train last week.

Michael A. Taylor, 20, faces four felony counts of armed robbery with a firearm in connection with the South Loop robbery, police announced Sunday morning.

A second man involved in the robbery was arrested in Indiana and was awaiting extradition to Illinois Sunday morning, police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said. It wasn’t immediately known where in Indiana that suspect was arrested.

About 4:15 p.m. on July 16, two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed multiple passengers on the train as it traveled between the Halsted and Roosevelt stations, police said.

According to a police source, one of the suspects pulled a blue steel revolver and the other said, “Give me your s—.” The second suspect began collecting items from riders and put them in a black backpack as the other pointed the gun at the victims.

The armed man struck one woman in the face with his handgun, according to the source.

Authorities learned about the robbery after one of the riders who was robbed alerted CTA personnel at the Roosevelt station, CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said.

The transit agency held the train at the Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren station until police arrived, she said.

Taylor, of the 700 block of North Waller Avenue, was arrested Friday night in Rockford, police said.

He also was charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with a separate incident on May 12, when he allegedly fired shots at a group of people in the 5700 block of West Ohio Street, police said. No one was hurt in that shooting.

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