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i-Phone theft on CTA leads to tragedy

During the afternoon rush-hour Monday a CTA passenger was holding her i-Phone in her hand as the train approached the Fullerton avenue ‘L’ platform; then just as the doors opened, a man snatched her i-Phone from her hand and took off running.

Normally this would be the end of the story, but for the tragedy that followed. As the thief made his escape he shoved Sally Katona-King, 68, down a flight of stairs. She died the next day of injuries suffered in the fall. The suspect is still at large.

Sally Katona-King’s friends found tragic irony in her death: A woman who dedicated her life to helping the disadvantaged and downtrodden died because someone coveted an expensive cellphone.

Over the last few years, smartphones, i-Pods, computer notebooks and other electronic devices have been the prime target for the predators riding the CTA and hanging out on ‘L platforms looking for their next victim.

What can you do to protect yourself and your electronic gear? More here:

Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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