Five people are in custody this morning, including two males possibly dressed in wigs and mini-skirts, after they tried to take a man's bicycle and messenger bag while on a Blue Line train this morning.
The incident began about 6:15 a.m. when the 50-year-old bicycle messenger was on the train with his bicycle and bag as the group approached him while the train was at about the 400 block of South Clinton Street, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
Members of the group tried to yank the bike away from the man but he resisted, Mirabelli said. Instead, some took the man's messenger bag, Mirabelli said.
After taking the bag, the group ran off the train at the Van Buren and Wacker Drive stop with the bicycle messenger chasing after them, police said.
Someone else had called 911 to report the incident and a police vehicle from the Central Police District was dispatched to the area, Mirabelli said.
The messenger waved down the police officer and pointed out several members of the group to the officer, Mirabelli said. The officer arrested three of them near Van Buren Street and Wacker Drive and put them in handcuffs, Mirabelli said.
The same officer soon managed to find the remaining two members of the group and arrested them at Washington Street and Wabash Avenue, Mirabelli said.
The group included two 19-year-old men, a 20-year-old man, and a 17-year-old boy and girl, according to Mirabelli. Two of the males in the group were wearing women's clothing, said Mirabelli.
Preliminary information indicated that at least two of the males were wearing pink wigs and mini-skirts. Their ages were not immediately available.
Mirabelli credited the 44-year-old Central District officer who is a 17-year-veteran for managing to arrest the group of suspects.
"It was a one-person (police) car, it was great work," Mirabelli said. "These individuals were aggressive and dangerous."