Two men accused of beating and robbing a U.S. soldier

Vernon Reeves, 18, left, and Jimmy Williams, 18, both of Chicago, were charged with aggravated battery and robbery. (Chicago Police Department)

An American soldier was reportedly robbed and beaten in downtown Chicago, after stopping the local train to let a woman off.

The 31-year-old reportedly assisted a woman in getting off at her stop, resulting in an altercation with a group of young men who were upset that the train had come to a halt.

When the Soldier stepped off the train and tried to leave, the group of males reportedly pursued and attacked him, kicking and punching him all over his face and body. After gang-beating him, the group stole his wallet, which contained his military identification, bankcard and firearm owner’s card, which is required in the state of Illinois in order to purchase a firearm and is not a license to carry.

According to the Chicago Tribune, police arrived shortly after and arrested two 18-year-old suspects, as well as two juveniles that the victim identified as being among his attackers.

The two adults -Jimmy Williams and Vernon Reeves- were charged with aggravated battery and robbery. Williams was given a bond of $50,000, while Reeves was set at $100,000 due to his probation status at the time of the robbery.

The Soldier was not identified in public court, nor was an Army representative available for comment.

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