2 men beaten, robbed at Lake Red Line station in Loop

A group of people beat and robbed a 61-year-old man and a passerby who tried to help him Sunday at a Red Line station in the Loop.

The man told investigators he was riding a northbound Red Line train about 11:40 p.m. when a group of six to 10 males and females, possibly teenagers, started harassing him, according to Chicago police. He got off the train at the Lake station, 200 N. State St., and the group followed him.

Two males shoved the man into several females and then all the suspects started to punch him in the face and body, police said. When a 21-year-old man nearby saw the attack and tried to help the older man, the group also started to attack him.

They then took a bag from the older man and a cellphone from the younger man before running away from the platform, police said. Both men were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where they were treated for facial abrasions and listed in good condition.

CTA officials are pulling video from security cameras and a police technology center will “expedite processing of digital evidence” in the case, according to a tweet from Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

No one is in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.