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Guardian Angels to patrol near Chicago Red Line stop

The Guardian Angels, a volunteer CTA patrol group, announced Wednesday it will start patrolling the area near the Chicago Red Line stop in the wake of downtown attacks.

Two teens said they were attacked by a group of at least five youths Tuesday evening near Chicago and Wabash Avenues near the Chicago Red Line stop.

Police would not categorize Tuesday's attack as part of the youth mob violence movement that is reportedly responsible for downtown attacks last weekend, the Tribune reported.

In reponse to that violence, the Guardian Angels today will start patrolling the corner of Wabash and Chicago Avenues from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., said Miguel Fuentes, leader of the Chicago chapter of the Guardian Angels.

The patrols will run for the "next couple of days or weeks if needed," Fuentes said.

Meanwhile, police issued an alert Tuesday about incidents on two separate CTA buses last weekend.

In the occurrences, police said eight to 15 male teens boarded buses without paying and struck riders multiple times with objects and/or with their fists. The teens then exited the bus and fled on foot with electronic devices.

The first incident occurred Saturday in the 1300 block of South Racine Avenue at about 11:40 p.m., the police said.

About 25 minutes later, on a westbound No. 12 bus in the 1300 block of West Roosevelt Road, a group of teens hit a rider on the back of his head with a glass bottle and stole his iPad, CBS2 reported.

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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