Man with box cutter robbed woman on CTA Green Line, police say

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CHICAGO -- Chicago police are asking for help identifying a man they said robbed a woman at a CTA train station.

Police released surveillance photos that were taken on a CTA Green Line train on July 24 around 9 a.m.

Police said the woman was on the train when she was approached by the offender near the Roosevelt stop.

The offender was armed with a box cutter and forcibly took the woman’s purse and then exited the train at the 43rd Street station.

Police describe the offender as a black male about 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 to 170 pounds.

Passengers said they're hoping someone recognizes the man and turns him in.

"Nobody wants to be put in danger riding the train or bus we shouldn't have to. Maybe they should get more security overnight on the train that would be better," Ashley Johnson, a CTA passenger, said.

"I've ridden the Roosevelt bus, the Pink Line and Brown Line for years and it has been quiet generally and safe, so I hope this is discouraged," Don Morrison, a CTA passenger, said.

"I hope someone definitely does turn him and and pays for what he has done," Violeta Garcia, a CTA passenger, said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 312-747-8382.