Two in custody after Ike chase shuts down CTA Blue Line

11th District Chicago police report foot chase carries over to CTA tracks

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Chicago police have taken two people into custody following a chase Wednesday morning that resulted in a car crash on the Eisenhower Expressway and carried over to the CTA Blue Line tracks that shut down the train line for about an hour.

The 11th District Police Department reports that an armed robbery took place in Chicago at 10:15 a.m. somewhere in the vicinity of Homan and Albany avenues, according to an email from Chicago police spokesman Jose Jara.

The report notes that the victim waved down Chicago police officers, telling them that the offenders who robbed him at gunpoint drove a silver vehicle with Florida plates.

Chicago police spotted the vehicle and attempted to curb the car, but the driver refused to stop. A chase ensued and the two offenders exited the vehicle somewhere along the Eisenhower Expressway.

ABC 7 News reports that the vehicle crashed near the overpass at Oak Park Avenue. Chicago Police report that a foot chase took place and two offenders were taken into custody.

No one was reported injured in the pursuit, according to police. One firearm was recovered and police are looking for a second, police said.

A damaged Hyundai Sonata with Florida plates was later seen blocked by several police vehicles in a parking lot at the United States Postal Service building at 1116 Garfield St., in Oak Park. 

CTA spokesman Jon Kaplan said in a telephone interview that power was cut three times to the Blue Line between the Forest Park and Cicero stops between around 10 and 11:05 a.m. at the request of Chicago police.

Police could be seen on the tracks of the Blue Line searching for the offenders.

Oak Park spokesman David Powers said in an email Oak Park police were not involved in the incident.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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