What do you do when the consequences meted out by the Justice System don’t seem to convince people to stop being bad actors?
11 days after being released on probation. That was when he committed a crime for which he was arrested. 3 charged in Loop CTA pedestrian tunnel robbery – Chicago Tribune
On February 4th he was given 24 months probation after serving less than a year for beating and robbing a man last April. On February 13th he was caught on video and eventually arrested for beating and robbing a 17-year-old. When he was arrested he was also free on a “signature bond” for “retail theft” from a store in downtown Chicago. (Shouldn’t committing a crime void probation?)
The 17-year-old boy who was the victim told police that Sawyer and other men or boys confronted him in a CTA pedestrian tunnel and demanded his property, then hit him, injuring his mouth, and took his belongings, police said. Among the items stolen was a designer belt, police have said.
Apparently, there is a group of 4 or 5 individuals targeting riders on Chicago’s metro transport.
In another story of parole gone wrong, this is the kind of story that would get some people to consider public transportation akin to picking up hitchhikers. Woman found unconscious on CTA Blue Line train; parolee now charged in robbery – Chicago Tribune
Darvin Harris, charged with robbery, appeared in Cook County bond court for the Feb. 5 attack that happened at 8:30 p.m. after the woman and Harris boarded the same empty Blue Line train car at the Oak Park stop, heading downtown, prosecutors said in court.
Harris was then seen on CTA surveillance footage exiting at the Cicero Avenue station with the victim’s belongings, including an iPad and wallet, prosecutors said. The victim was discovered by CTA personnel three stops later at the Western Avenue station.
She had suffered blunt force trauma.
He was a “convicted felon with a history of aggravated robberies,” and he was out on parole. He served about half of a 13 year sentence from 2011 before being granted parole. Before that he was sentenced to 4 years in 2008.
Chicago – and few other places – need to figure this out. Because things are going from bad to worse.