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CTA robberies not limited to Smartphones or Chicago

Evanston CTA Purple Line by Zol87

On Thursday afternoon a teenager attacked a 58-year old man as the CTA purple line train approached the South Blvd station in Evanston, and stole his laptop computer.

Police responded to the incident at about 4:16 p.m. March 31 in the 800 block of Chicago Avenue. The victim, a 58-year-old Evanston man, said he was riding the northbound Purple line train and using his laptop computer when one of the teens punched him in the forehead, according to police.

The teen then took the man’s computer and exited the train at Evanston’s South Boulevard station, being aided by a second teen who held the train door open, police said.

It was just a few days ago that a woman was robbed of her i-Phone just as the ‘L’ doors opened at the Fullerton. That robbery ended tragically. As the thief made his escape he ran into Sally Katona-King, 68, knocking her down a flight of stairs. She died the next day of injuries suffered in the fall. The suspect is still at large. Avoid being a victim read 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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