Angels Leader Beat During Chi-Town Arrest
Members of the Chicago Guardian Angels franchise have abruptly moved their crime-fighting patrols up to city buses after their leader was cold-cocked in the jaw by a mugging suspect.
The incident, which occured during the early-morning hours of February 8 on a north-bound Red Line as it was in Wrigleyville, is recounted by franchise leader Miguel “3rdRAIL” Fuentes to News Radio 780:
He [Fuentes] walked through right after two men had been robbed of a video camera, “I approached two individuals and I’m like, ‘Who’s got the camera?’ One of these individuals had a camera.
“I then took the camera from him, put it in my pocket. He swings at me. So I grab him. I fling him to the other side of the door so he wouldn’t go out the doors when the doors opened,” Fuentes explains. “His other buddy took a swing at me, hit me in the jaw. And I grabbed him.
“Meanwhile, I’m detaining them and the other Guardian Angel comes in from the first car and helps me subdue the individuals,” Fuentes adds they made citizens arrests and held the men until police got there.
Although Fuentes told News Radio 780 that he walked into the car after the robbery took place, he later told The Chicago Tribune, and police, that he witnessed the incident as it took place.
Fellow Angels Keanthi Davis and Felipe Aroyo were on patrol with Fuentes and helped subdue the suspects after the franchise leader got cold-cocked in the jaw.
Ryan Mitchell, 19, of the 9000 block of South Langley Avenue, and Hoyle Marshall, 22, of the 9600 block of South Union Avenue were both charged with robbery and battery, police told The Chicago Tribune.
The two were ordered held in lieu bond; Mitchell was also ordered held no-bail on a violation of probation petition stemming from a 2010 weapons conviction.
Here is video of the suspects in custody, after they were arrested by the Angels:
Guardian Angel patrols abruptly stopped shortly after the incident.
Nearly two months later, the Angels reappeared on Chicago buses, reports local television news station WLS. The group “began riding some CTA buses Tuesday to protect passengers after a rash of purse snatchings,” the station said.
It is not known where Fuentes was on the bus.