CHICAGO (CBS) — A search continued Friday evening for 2 males who stabbed three CTA riders on the Purple Line subway downtown.
As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, the assault highlights a rising downside with crime on the Chicago Transit Authority.
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Simply think about standing on a platform ready for an ‘L’ prepare and somebody tries robbing you. In a single case round 9 p.m. Thursday, that was precisely occurred to 1 man.
He was standing on a platform on the Jackson Purple Line cease when two males with a knife demanded his backpack and watch. The sufferer handed over his gadgets – however he was nonetheless stabbed within the ear.
Police mentioned the attackers additionally stabbed two different folks as they fled from the scene. One sufferer as stabbed within the neck.
And what performed out Thursday evening is going on extra typically – as crime on the CTA is at a six-year excessive.
When CTA riders leap onboard, they merely wish to get to their vacation spot. And whether or not they’re relying on the ‘L’ or a bus, there’s a likelihood they’re seeing crime round them.
When CBS 2 dug into CTA crime knowledge, it revealed that on common, a violet crime occurred on daily basis previously 30 days on CTA property. There have been 49 violent crimes altogether – 13 of them occurred on buses, and 36 occurred on trains.
We’ve heard from these attacked on trains – like one girl who hid her identification after a scary trip on the Inexperienced Line in East Garfield Park again in November.
“Proper across the Kedzie cease, a person received on the prepare,” the lady mentioned. “He wasn’t carrying a masks, and he was taking part in loud music on his telephone – and he sat throughout from me.”
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The girl mentioned she determined to maneuver to the again of the prepare automotive, however that sparked a battle that might flip violent. The girl mentioned she pressed the emergency button, and the person pulled a stick out and began waving it. Whereas the prepare was stopped on the California station, the lady went to succeed in for her bag to get off the prepare to security – however the suspect took a swing.
“I don’t know what occurred. I simply noticed my face go to the best, go to the left,” the lady mentioned in November. “Individuals began gasping; saying stuff, and I noticed blood speeding out.”
We have now additionally seen a bus driver get overwhelmed by a mob close to Millennium Park downtown in early December, and we’ve heard from CTA union representatives demanding higher police safety.
“Our members come to work. I need them to have the ability to return residence the identical method they got here. Any considered one of us must be,” Amalgamated Transit Union Native 308 President for trains Eric Dixon mentioned in August. “And so we’re bringing that to the forefront to let folks know that we’re drained. We’re sick and uninterested in our members being attacked.”
The information present 2021 ended with 624 violent crimes on trains and buses. That’s up from 579 reported in 2020.
Simply six years in the past, there have been 450 violent crimes for all of 2015.
Violent crimes entail assault, battery, sexual assault, and robberies.
Nobody was in custody late Friday within the stabbing on the Purple Line the evening earlier than.
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We requested Chicago Police what, if any, safety measures are altering relating to the spike in CTA crimes. They informed us they don’t focus on particular deployment methods.