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Armed Robbery Suspect Fatally Stabbed By Intended Victim On Chicago CTA Train

Chicago, IL – A teenaged armed robbery suspect was fatally stabbed while attempting to rob a victim on a commuter train early Monday morning, according to police.

The incident occurred on a CTA Red Line train in the 200-block of West 63rd Street at approximately 3:04 a.m. on July 25, Chicago Police Department (CPD) Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told WLS.

Investigators said the 15-year-old suspect was with a group of seven individuals when he attempted to rob a victim on the train while armed with a gun.

But the victim they targeted happened to be armed with a knife.

“At that point, the person who appears to be being robbed takes out a knife, stabs that person [holding] the gun,” Chief Deenihan told WLS.

After being stabbed by the would-be victim, the suspect put down the gun and ran off.

Another member of his group grabbed the gun and also fled the area.

Chief Deenihan said the victim of the robbery ran away after the incident, WLS reported.

The 15-year-old armed robbery suspect ended up collapsing at 63rd and Yale across from the Red Line station.

Bystanders rushed to help him and waved down a nearby state trooper for assistance, WLS reported.

The teen was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office later identified him as Darin McNair, according to the Associated Press.

The CPD said no one was immediately arrested in connection with the incident, WLS reported.

Investigators are still searching for the suspects.

“These offenders need to be captured, brought to justice to send that message that you will be held accountable for any of your crimes that occur on the CTA,” CPD Superintendent David Brown said.

The robbery victim has also not been located.

The CTA said it has been working with the CPD throughout the investigation, to include providing them with security footage, WLS reported.

“Violence such as this is completely unacceptable, and we will assist CPD in any way to locate the suspect and seek the strongest charges possible,” the CTA said in a statement.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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