Blue Line shooter: caught, charged and jailed

Date: 
02/06/2020
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Patrick Waldon

Twelve hours after a 30-year-old man was shot and robbed on a Blue Line train, Patrick Waldon, 31, a convicted felon who was on parole, was identified and arrested. The incident occurred at the UIC-Halsted station in Chicago Police Department's 12th District, Wed., Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m. 

By approximately 24 hours after the incident, the offender was heading to bond court with four charges:

  • One felony count – Aggravated Battery/Discharge Firearm
  • One felony count – Robbery – Armed – Discharge Firearm/Bodily Harm
  • One felony count – Armed Habitual Criminal
  • One Issuance of Warrant 

With an address in the 8000 block of S. Ingleside Ave., Waldon's previous convictions included battery, armed robbery and gun possession. 

Waldon is being held without bail. His next court date will be Feb. 14 for a preliminary hearing at Branch 44, according to the States Attorney's office. 

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Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan,1st Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio, Chief of Patrol Fred Waller and Charlie Beck, Interim Chicago Police Superintendent

Technology used in the 12th District's Strategic Decision Support Center (SDSC) and CTA videos made it possible for detectives,12th District officers and CTA personnel to work together and engage the public for a swift and successful solution to this crime. 

"The [CTA] video shows the victim, the offender and another unknown man with the offender standing on the platform," explained the new Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan Thursday morning. "The victim gets on the train and the offender sits right next to him. You can see the offender display the handgun. And we now know the offender is robbing the victim." 

The victim and offender struggle over the backpack. The offender shoots the victim and flees the CTA train. Passengers go to the aid of the victim, officers and emergency personnel immediately respond, getting the victim to the hospital. 

Detectives tracked the offender to a Target store where he threw some of the things from the backpack into the garbage. 

Using social media, the police pushed out video that showed the offender. Anonymous tips came in identifying the offender. And, a "very cooperative witness," who was on the Blue Line at the time of the incident, was able to identify Waldon. 

The victim, who underwent surgery on Wednesday did well and was coherent enough to talk with the detectives as well as identify the offender in pictures. 

Gang officers, using the intelligence information were able to apprehend the offender and his gun. Without the technology and video surveillance, "we would not be where we are with this case," said Deenihan. 

Questions of Crime on Public Transportation
At a press conference, Beck emphasized the importance of public transportation being safe. 

With half Chicago's population taking public transportation and 32,000 CTA cameras, Beck said that he is meeting with CTA on Friday to discuss deployment of more police on the CTA lines and more ways to work together. Currently the police do not have access to the CTA cameras. 

In addressing questions about crime and safety, Beck said, "Your safety is worth far more than any property they might take from you."  But he also points out that by cooperating with the police, citizens not only aid in solving their crime but a predator is taken off the street. 

Referring to himself, Deenihan, 1st Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio and Chief of Patrol Fred Waller, Beck said "Public safety is our job but everyone needs to realize that they are part of that. We could not have been successful in this case had it not been for the public stepping forward to identify the individual in the pictures and then witnesses on the train being willing to identify that individual."

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