Thursday, May 03, 2018

Cops Snag Rush Street Robber On Red Line Train; New Mugging Alert Issued For Loop

Latroy Wiley was arrested thanks to detailed descriptions offered by diners at a nearby Giordano's. | CPD, Google
Teamwork between two downtown police districts resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly robbed a 23-year-old woman on Rush Street Tuesday evening.

Police say Latroy Wiley wrestled a woman’s phone away as the victim walked in the 700 block of North Rush around 6:30 p.m. Several witnesses who were dining at a nearby Giordano’s provided cops with a detailed description of the offender and reported seeing him run into the Chicago Red Line station.

Officers in a neighboring police district learned of the robbery and raced to Loop Red Line stations in an effort to intercept the offender. They succeeded when Wiley’s train pulled into the Jackson stop. Officers detained him based on witnesses’ descriptions and Wiley was later identified by the victim and a witness. Police said Wiley was carrying the victim’s iPhone.

Wiley, 31, of the South Shore neighborhood, is charged with one felony count of robbery. He is due in bond court this afternoon.

Another Alert

Just as one robbery offender is arrested, police are issuing a community alert about four more who are targeting intoxicated men in the Loop. Area Central detectives today warned that a group of three or four men has surrounded and robbed two men in the Loop since April 27. Both victims were intoxicated at the time of the robberies, police said.

The first incident was reported in the first block of West Jackson at 11 p.m. on April 27. Another man was robbed in the first block of South Wabash around 2 a.m. on Wednesday. The Wabash victim was found beaten and lying on the ground by a passer-by.

Police described the primary offender as a 30-year-old black male with short hair and a medium complexion. He stands about 5’10” tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He is in the company of three or four co-offenders who police described only as 30-year-old black males.

Anyone with information about these robberies is asked to call Area Central investigators at (312) 747-8384.

Robberies in the Loop and Near North neighborhoods are at five-year highs in 2018. Chicago police say they have deployed anti-robbery mission teams to combat the problem.

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