Chicago Man Charged With Signal Jamming Device on Metro System

For Immediate Release
March 8, 2016

Rogers Park Man Charged With Signal Jamming Device on CTA

Dennis Nicholl, 63
1000 Block of W. Loyola Ave.

One Felony Count of Unlawful Interference With Public Utility – Second Offense

Central Bond Court – 2600 S. California Avenue – March 9, 2016


Dennis Nicholl was arrested after he was identified as the man utilizing a signal jamming device on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Redline. Authorities at CTA have been investigating complaints by passengers about cell phone reception. With the help of an anonymous 911 call, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and CTA authorities were able to identify the suspect. Nicholl was observed utilizing the jamming device on the Redline by covert officers in a joint operation with the CPD, CTA, and FCC. Nicholl entered the CTA Redline at the Loyola stop on the morning of March 8, 2016, and utilized the interference device between the Loyola and Granville stops. He was arrested without incident on the Granville CTA Platform. Nicholls was charged accordingly. No further information is available at this time.

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