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Suit: Driver talked on cellphone while taxi dragged woman in the Loop

(CHICAGO) A woman was dragged by a taxi in the Loop in April while the driver talked on his cellphone, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Anne Brandt filed the negligence lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging she was dragged for “some distance” after the taxi dropped her off about 8 a.m. April 23 near Michigan Avenue and Washington Street.

When Brandt got out of the cab and closed the door, she realized an article of her clothing had gotten caught in the close door of the taxi, according to the suit.

But the driver was unable to hear her attempts to communicate with him because he was talking on his cellphone, the suit claims.

The driver then drove away, subsequently dragging Brandt, the suit alleges.

Brandt claims the driver did not allow her to reach a place of safety before he moved the taxi and failed to check to make sure she had safely gotten out of the cab before moving, the suit said. She also accused him of being distracted by his cellphone.

The two-count suit, which names the driver and the owner of the vehicle as defendants, is seeking at least $100,000 in damages.

Stun gun used to steal cell phone on South Loop CTA platform

               Surveillance photo shows suspect who threatened a woman with a stun gun to rob her of a cell phone on Jan, 23 at the Roosevelt CTA stop at 1167 S. State St. | photo credit: Chicago Police 

(Chicago)  Police have released video surveillance photos of a suspect who threatened a woman with a stun gun to rob her of a cell phone last week on a South Loop CTA platform.

Police said about 2:38 p.m. on Friday, Jan, 23, the victim was transferring from the Red Line to the Green Line at the Roosevelt stop at 1167 S. State St. when the suspect displayed the “Taser” and demanded her phone.

The woman, “fearful for her safety,” gave him the phone and he ran away, an alert from police said.

The suspect is described as a black male 20-30, 5-foot-7 to 6-foot and 140-175 pounds with a medium complexion, according to police.

Anyone with information or recognizing the suspect should call Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8382.

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