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Apple Pickers on the CTA don’t always get away!

Division Red Line Station by JKD Atlanta

Prince Watson was an Apple Picker. He often prowled the CTA in search of his next victim.

Potential victims aren’t too hard to find on the CTA. They are the ones who have their heads down reading their emails, surfing the web, or possibly watching a video on their smartphones or other electronic devices.

These passengers are tired after a long day at work. They aren’t thinking about the articles they have read or the warnings they have heard about robbers grabbing smartphones, i-Pods, tablets and laptops from the hands of distracted passengers.

Unfortunately for Mr. Watson, things didn’t go as planned. Corrie Bessie wasn’t about to let Watson get away with her phone.

What made things different this time? How was she like so many other victims and how was she different? Click here to read more.

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.
http://www.actinselfdefense.com

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