5 charged in CTA Red Line robbery and stabbing: police

Five men have been charged with aggravated battery and armed robbery in connection with an attack on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line on the Near North Side early Friday, in which a CTA employee was stabbed, according to Chicago police.

The five men were arrested in the 1500 block of North Clybourn Avenue on Friday. They are accused of stabbing a 42-year-old man with a knife and a broken glass bottle on a Red Line train at the North/ Clybourn station at 2:03 a.m. after demanding his belongings, police said.

Arrested were: Shawn Gullens, 20; Latoya Thomas, 22; Martinez Owens, 24; Larone Williams, 36; and Vernon Holman, 52. A sixth person who had been detained later was released without charges, according to police.

During the robbery, the victim reportedly took out a knife and fought back, stabbing three of the attackers. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition, police said.

The Tribune reported Friday that paramedics also took a 52-year-old man to Stroger Hospital in serious condition with stab wounds to the neck, a 36-year-old man with cuts to his forearm went to Stroger in fair condition and a 24-year-old with stab wounds to the back was taken to Northwestern, where his condition stabilized.

All five were expected to appear before a judge Sunday.

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