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Billy Corgan's Brother Mugged On CTA Red Line Train (VIDEO)

First Posted: 06/10/11 03:55 PM ET Updated: 08/10/11 06:12 AM ET

Jesse Anderson
Jesse Anderson, brother of rocker Billy Corgan, was mugged on a CTA Red Line train Thursday.

The brother of Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan was mugged by a group of young people Thursday on the CTA Red Line, and was reportedly punched in the face when he tried getting his iPod back from one of the thieves.

Jesse Andersen, 35, of Evanston, told ABC Chicago that he was listening to Nelly Furtado on his iPod when a woman "sat down beside him and snatched his music player."

Anderson, who reportedly suffers from cerebral palsy and Tourette syndrome, said the woman was with a group of four males, who all appeared to be between 15 and 25 years old.

"I thought, you know, she just wanted to see my iPod but, you know, she wouldn't give it back, so I said, 'give it back to me, give it back to me,'" Anderson told ABC.

Anderson told the Chicago Tribune that he chased the group and told them to give him his iPod back, when one of the suspects punched him in the face.

Corgan took to Twitter to speak out about the attack Thursday. "My little brother Jesse was attacked and robbed this morning by 3 men," he tweeted. "He's ok, but if you want to send him some love..." Corgan then linked to his brother's Facebook page.

Anderson reportedly lives in Evanston but takes the Red Line downtown early in the morning to his job at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He said he was shaken up by the incident, but told the Tribune he knows he'll "just have to shake it off (and) continue" with his life.

CTA passengers are urged to be aware of their surroundings following a spate of muggings on CTA buses and trains. One person was hospitalized following an attack on the Brown Line Wednesday, where an iPhone was stolen. On a bus near UIC over the weekend, a student was attacked by a group of people. Four teenagers were arrested in the incident.

WATCH ABC's coverage of the incident here:

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