West Side Man Charged in Orange Line Robberies

Charges pending against second man suspected to have robbed multiple people on train

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    Michael Taylor (pictured, right) was arrested in Rockford Friday. Police say a second suspect (pictured, left) is also in custody.

    Police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of several passengers on an Orange Line CTA train earlier this month.

    Michael Taylor, 20, faces four felony counts of robbery with a firearm and two felony counts of aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm in connection with a shooting in May. He was arrested in Rockford Friday afternoon.

    Suspect in Custody in Orange Line Robbery

    [CHI] Suspect in Custody in Orange Line Robbery
    Police are questioning one person in connection with the rush hour robbery of several Orange Line passengers last week. Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Friday, July 25, 2014)

    Police say he was one of two men who robbed five victims on the train on July 16. Police believe Taylor is the individual wearing a hat in the surveillance photo bearing the word "Crooks."

    Charges are also pending against another man in custody, according to police.

    Multiple Passengers Robbed on Orange Line Train

    [CHI] Multiple Passengers Robbed on Orange Line Train
    Two armed suspects took various items from riders, hit passenger with gun who fought back. NBC 5's Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014)

    The robbery happened on the train at 4:13 p.m. as it traveled between the Halsted and Roosevelt stations.

    Police released a number of surveillance photos of the two armed men, who officials and witnesses say took various items from five riders and pistol-whipped one who refused.

    Guardian Angels Patrol Orange Line After Armed Robberies

    [CHI] Guardian Angels Patrol Orange Line After Armed Robberies
    Two men boarded the Orange Line during rush hour and announced a robbery. About 20 people were on board. 5 people handed over cash and cell phones. The suspects are still on the loose. (Published Thursday, July 17, 2014)

    Passenger Romelia Garcia told NBC 5 that she was the only one of about 20 passengers in the train car to fight back. She suffered a bruise on her forehead where one of the men hit her with a gun and other assorted bruises but she refused to give up her purse.

    Taylor was also charged in connection with a shooting on the 5700 block of West Ohio Street on May 12. He's accused of arguing with three females and a male, producing a handgun and firing numerous times in their direction. Police say none of the intended victims were struck by gunfire.