CHICAGO — A group of teenagers robbed two women near the Cumberland Blue Line Station Thursday night with toy guns, and one tried to evade police by running onto the "L" tracks, officials said.
Just after 7 p.m., several teenage boys approached a 31-year-old woman walking in the 8700 block of West Bryn Mawr Avenue in the O'Hare neighborhood, said Officer Daniel O'Brien, police spokesman.
The boys showed what appeared to be handguns and demanded items from the woman, making off with her backpack and cell phone. Minutes later, a group robbed a 14-year-old girl the 5400 block of North East River Road in the same manner, and stole her cell phone and headphones, O'Brien said.
The group fled toward the Cumberland Blue Line "L" station, and as officers responded to the scene, one of the boys ran onto the train tracks.
Blue Line trains were delayed near Cumberland due to "police activity," the CTA reported about 7:40 p.m. Thursday. Trains were moving again about 10 minutes later.
Officers were able to apprehend five people, two of which were released. Police recovered a backpack, and the guns described by the victims — which turned out to be toys, O'Brien said.
Three 15-year-old boys were charged with counts of armed robbery.