Bus Driver foils Blue Line robbery suspects escape

An alert CTA bus driver helped police apprehend two men who attacked and robbed a Blue Line passenger of his iPhone, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Bond was set at $200,000 each for Tevon Woods and Alvon Hoskins, both 20, of Chicago. The two were each charged with one count of Robbery and they face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

According to prosecutors, the victim was listening to music on his iPhone when he exited a Blue Line train at the Harlem Station. The defendants grabbed him from behind by his backpack and pulled the victim down the station’s escalator to the platform. The backpack was ripped off him with such force that the straps broke and the bag was thrown on the tracks.

The offenders grabbed the victim’s iPhone, fled the station and boarded a northbound Harlem CTA bus. The CTA driver overheard their suspicious conversation and called police after dropping the pair off at a fast food restaurant in Niles.

Police responded to the restaurant and took Woods into custody while he was standing in line to order food. Hoskins was found hiding in the restroom and police recovered the victim’s iPhone in the garbage in the restroom. Both defendants were also identified by the victim.

Woods and Hoskins appeared in Central Bond Court where Cook County Circuit Court Judge Peggy Chiampas set bond at $200,000 each and continued the case to August 23rd.

The public is reminded that charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.