Another Attack Reported Downtown

By BJ Lutz
|  Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011  |  Updated 9:17 PM CDT
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A man was assaulted and robbed of his iPhone and wallet aboard a CTA train on the Near North Side Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occured near the Chicago and Franklin station along the Brown Line, according to witnesses.

"People were screaming for help," said witness Andrew Webb.  "One of the guys was bleeding, another looked like he had a black eye."

Webb said he was on the Brown Line train when he noticed the five males approached three victims.

He had just walked off of his train car and began walking on the platform when he noticed the victims in another car.

"It's just sad that things like this are happening," said Webb, who was on his way to volunteer and play basketball with low-income students. "I wish I could've done more to help"

The man who was hurt was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition. No arrests were made.

Other attacks involving several people ganging up on a few include one Tuesday evening near Chicago and Wabash and weekend attacks on CTA buses, in Streeterville and along the lakefront

New police Supt. Garry McCarthy said that all of the incidents shouldn't be thought of as being connected, but said that police do have a plan to combat the rash of attacks.  Nearly 30 people have already been arrested, he said.

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