Man Charged in Sawed-Off Shotgun Robberies Along Red Line

Sylvester Curry, of Uptown, got off with six cell phones in robberies at Sheridan, Loyola stations last weekend


A Uptown man arrested Wednesday has charged in connection with a pair of robberies involving a sawed-off shotgun along the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line last weekend.

Sylvester Curry, of the 4600 block of North Beacon St., was charged Friday with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Officials said newly-installed video surveillance cameras at the Sheridan and Loyola stations were key in their investigation.

This is a great example of how cameras are providing an extra level of security for our residents, and serve as an additional tool for law enforcement,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a written statement.

The robberies began early Saturday morning when Curry pulled a sawed-off shotgun out of a backpack and demanded a cell phone from a 22-year-old man waiting for a train at the Red Line's Loyola station, police said.

A second attack occurred less than two hours later, at the Red Line's Sheridan station. There, he allegedly robbed three people -- a 20-year-old man, a 20-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man.

Curry got away with a total of six phones, including smartphones, police said. No one was injured and police said they later found the gun and backpack.

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