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Pink Line Gunman Robbing Riders of Cell Phones; Photos Released

By Shamus Toomey | February 16, 2013 6:45pm

CHICAGO -- A pock-marked, neck-tattooed gunman is preying on Pink Line riders, sticking them up and stealing their cell phones, police said Saturday.

The department released CTA surveillance photos of the man they say is responsible for the daytime stickups.

He's being linked to two Pink Line robberies. The first was at 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 28 near the Kostner stop on the West Side. The second armed robbery came at 5 p.m. Feb. 9, also near the Kostner stop.

In a community alert, police say the man approaches riders, shows a gun and forcefully steals their cell phones. He then gets off the train at the next stop and gets away.

He's described as a black man between 22 and 30 years old, standing 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall and weighing 160 to 185 pounds. He has tattoos on his neck and pock marks from acne scarring on his face, police said.

In the community alert, police advise people to remain calm if approached, never pursue a robber but pay careful attention to physical characteristics. Then immediately report it. 

Anyone with information on the Pink Line gunman is asked to call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380.