CTA Security Camera Video Helps Convict Two Accused of Armed Robbery

June 24, 2010
Two men have been sentenced to time in prison following convictions for felony armed robbery that occurred near the CTA’s Addison Red Line station in 2008.  Video from CTA security cameras was used to assist police and prosecutors.
"The arrest and conviction of these two individuals demonstrates the benefit of security cameras throughout CTA’s system,” said CTA President Richard L. Rodriguez. "The CTA is committed to providing a safe traveling and working environment for customers and employees and are pleased that our efforts and the efforts of the Chicago Police Department are effective in prosecuting offenders to the fullest extent of the law."  
Larry Jenkins, 27, of Chicago, was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison on October 13, 2009 after pleading guilty following his arrest.  James Williams, 27, of Chicago, was found guilty following a jury trial held in Cook County Circuit Court Skokie Division on April 14 and was sentenced to 45 years in prison on June 21.
On October 10, 2008, police received several calls about three separate incidents in which people who exited CTA trains were robbed after they left the rail stations.  Recognizing a pattern and using descriptions of the individuals, police were able to apprehend Williams and Jenkins after a brief chase.
The CTA pulled security camera footage and still images of the suspects and distributed the information to the Chicago Police Department. Armed with these images, police were able to identify Jenkins and Williams as the offenders in other robberies.
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