Police promptly nabbed a trio of Chicago men who ambushed and beat a man while trying to rob him on a North Side "L" platform early Saturday morning, prosecutors said.
The 38-year-old man said he had just popped in his iPod ear buds after a night of drinking with friends when the group pounced on him on the Red Line platform on Addison Street near Wrigley Field.
“I put my guard down for a split second -- and that’s all that was needed,” said the man, who asked not to be identified because of safety concerns.
Officers near the scene of the confrontation around 4 a.m. quickly arrested Kendrick Scott, 23, Emmanuel Akinbiyi, 25, and Maurice Redwood, 26, prosecutors said. On Sunday, Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Scott held on $150,000 bond, and he set bail at $100,000 each for both Akinbiyi and Redwood. They are all charged with attempted robbery.
One of the men held the victim’s arms while the others tried to reach in his pockets, the man said. When the train rolled up, they shoved him against it, he said.
After the doors slid open, he tried to pull himself aboard, but the group worked to hold him on the platform, he said. One of the men punched him “square in the face,” he said, but he managed to get on the train before it pulled away, leaving the attackers behind.
“I kind of just took a seat,” he said, adding that a fellow rider gave him a handkerchief to stanch the flow of blood from his forehead.
A few stops down the line, two officers boarded and brought him back to the Addison stop to look at the three men they had arrested, he said. The attack was also caught on video, prosecutors said.
“The police were definitely right on it,” the man said.