Suspect may be in custody in CTA robbery death

July 7, 2011 2:39:41 PM PDT
There may be a break in the case of a Chicago woman who died after allegedly being pushed down the stairs by a fleeing robber at a CTA stop.

On Thursday morning, there were reports that someone is being questioned in the death of 68-year-old Sally Katona-King. Reports say that a 17-year-old boy was arrested in Joliet Tuesday and that he's being held by Chicago police. There are also reports that the suspect is an inmate who was sentenced on a cell phone robbery.

Detectives will neither confirm nor deny these reports, but a Chicago police spokesperson tells ABC7 that "significant progress has been made in the case. The investigation is on-going as detectives continue to talk to witnesses. However, no charges are immediately anticipated."

Katona-King was a wife, mother, and receptionist and deacon at First Lutheran Church in Logan Square. In March, police say she was knocked down the stairs after someone robbed her of her iPhone at the CTA Red Line Fullerton stop. Her death was ruled a homicide.

"It just makes you feel more and more defensive. People are already closed off on trains but it makes you feel more unsafe," said CTA rider Derrick Cooper. On Thursday morning, other Red Line riders reacted to the reported progress in the case.

"I'm hoping someone found the guy that did this and he should be punished for his crime, because it is uncalled for," said CTA rider Ian Etherington.

"I think it's sad that people are getting hurt for things like iPods or iPhones. I try to be really careful. I don't wear my iPod when I'm on the train. I don't keep expensive things out because I don't want to make myself a target," said CTA rider Leeann Webster.

"I can't help but sympathize with the family because it's clearly not going to do anything to bring that woman back," said CTA rider Paul Timko.


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