One of my readers sent me a link to an article about a witness to a recent strong-arm robbery at a CTA station who pulled out a large knife to successfully prevent the criminal from escaping. Rachel Cromidas reported on the Chicago Tribune website on October 18:
A box cutter-wielding man was arrested for robbing a woman at a CTA station Thursday after a witness pulled a knife to prevent him from escaping, county prosecutors said.
“Mine is bigger than yours,” the witness said to the man as he ran through the Red Line Harrison Street Station with a woman’s cell phone and Ventra card, according to court records.
It’s a somewhat funny story, which made me think of that famous knife scene out of the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee. Although the robbery victim did get bit on the hand by the robber, which isn’t humorous.
In the meantime, more information has come out about the incident. The Tribune’s Rosemary Regina Sobol wrote later on about Joel and Andrew Leach, two brothers from Joliet who were responsible for foiling the robbery. Good stuff, which you can read on the Trib site here.
A couple of things about the incident though.
First, in the Sobol piece, the robbery victim, a new resident from Thailand, confided:
“I was scared, but I thought everything that is important is in my cellphone,” she said. “Everything about my family is inside it and credit card numbers. So I cannot lose it. I tried to get it back.”
You don’t need me to tell you it’s probably not a very good idea to keep information like that on something that’s routinely lost or stolen. I can lose my cellphone today and and barely break a sweat over it- and what’s “inside” of it.
Second, in the Sobol article both Andrew and Joel Leach pose for a photo. Leach brothers my butt. They look like the “Bronson Brothers” (referring to actor Charles Bronson of the Death Wish film series-fame) if you ask me. I like it.
Finally, I can’t help but think Good Samaritans like the Leaches scare the bejesus out of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who might see them more as meddling vigilantes than do-gooders, and fear they might inspire others to react in the same manner when criminals prey on their fellow human beings and the police aren’t around to stop it. For Emanuel and McCarthy, calling 911 and waiting for law enforcement to arrive would seem to be their answer for incidents like this.
Anyway, nice job Bronson Brothers.
By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
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