Chicago (CBS) — CBS 2 Chicago pushed Monday to respond to CTA about violent crime — a shooting, a stabbing, and another assault were added to the list of crimes on our public transportation since Friday night.
As reported by CBS 2’s Tara Molina, the crime figures themselves tell the story — and they’re the figures we continue to bring to city departments. We want to know what is being done to address the recent spike with overall crime involving CTAs this year – and questions about whether the city’s current plan is working.
Last month, officials announced an increase of unarmed security guards on the CTA. What’s really happening with this?
“I haven’t seen any increased safety, and I ride transit quite a bit.” Jim Wells, president of South Loop Neighbors, said.
Wells is not alone.
Since the plan for unarmed security guards was announced last month in an effort to curb crime, we haven’t heard much about those guards. City departments have declined to answer our questions directly related to him.
Throughout, we have continuously tracked crime on our public transportation. We mapped out the most recent crimes on the CTA and brought them all back to the Chicago Police.
He was stabbed to death in a fight at Roosevelt Road ‘L’ and Metro station in the South Loop at 6:12 pm on Friday. One man was stabbed in the chest, and the fight then escalated to the street – where the attackers punched and kicked the man while he was on the ground, police said.
At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, a 40-year-old woman was smoking a cigarette near the Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren stop in an attack involving the Pink Line, when someone came and asked her for a cigarette. When she refused, the man told her he had a gun, smoked a cigarette from her hand, and repeatedly hit her before running north on State Street.
A 31-year-old man was shot on a CTA bus in Lawndale at around 12:14 a.m. on Sunday. The man got into a verbal brawl with another man on a northbound CTA bus on Pulaski Road near Polk Street.
The driver of the bus stopped after hearing several shots fired. The gunman fled.
Have any of those crimes been arrested and charged – or others that we tracked down last week?
In the stabbing at the Roosevelt stop, police said five teenagers were charged.
Two of those boys were just 12 years old. The others were boys aged 14, 16 and 17. All were charged with reckless conduct and trespassing without payment on Chicago Transit Authority property. One of the 12-year-old boys was charged with causing bodily harm, especially due to reckless conduct, while the other was charged with bringing weapons to the CTA.
All other attacks in recent days are still under investigation.
So when no suspect is identified or in custody, why are the police not sharing photos of those responsible for those crimes?
Police said in a statement: “If detectives have any video to share with the public, they will create a community alert, which our office will broadcast at that time.”
One group in the South Loop does not think the current response, or involving unarmed security officers, is sufficient.
“I don’t know if they are being implemented in other places,” Wells said. “We have a system that needs to be fixed.”
That is why South Loop Neighbors is hosting a meeting on Wednesday to address security concerns and perceptions directly with the CTA and CPD. Details are below, and a registration form can be found here,
With the increase in CTA crime overall, we grew the numbers – and we’ve already tracked a significant increase in battery, robbery and theft this year compared to the same time frame last year.
“This is a complex issue that needs to be addressed by multiple agencies,” Wells said.