Posted on January 17, 2024

61-Year-Old Woman ‘Not Expected to Survive’ After Being Savagely Beaten on a CTA Train in the Loop

CWBChicago, January 10, 2024

Prosecutors say a 61-year-old woman is brain dead and will likely die after an eight-time felon, on parole for robbing an undercover CPD narcotics officer, savagely beat her during a robbery aboard a Red Line train in downtown Chicago.

Judge William Fahy granted the state’s petition to detain Mijawon Johnson, 36, as a public safety threat during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. {snip}

Surveillance video showed Johnson trying to steal the Uptown woman’s bag on a train car near State-Lake around 1:33 a.m. on January 4, officials said. He soon launched a violent attack, pinning her head on a seat and repeatedly punching her in the head and stomach, the detention petition said. Officials said he “stomped” on her body and left her on the train.


Prosecutors told Judge Fahy that the woman was “on a ventilator and is brain dead” and was “not expected to survive.”


Johnson was paroled in August after serving half of a six-year sentence he received for robbing a covert narcotics officer {snip}


At the time of the robbery, Johnson was on parole for aggravated battery of a police officer {snip}

He was sentenced to prison six other times between 2007 and 2015, all for narcotics, according to IDOC records.