|Nicholl shown jamming cell phones|
Angry commuters suspecting Nicholl was responsible for the dropped calls began taking photos of him and circulating them on the Internet. On Tuesday, a team of undercover officers followed Nicholl when he got on the Red Line at Loyola Station. When Nicholl turned on the device and an undercover officer's cell phone dropped, he was immediately placed under arrest for felony interference with a public utility.
Co-workers of Nicholl told the Chicago Tribune they were surprised that a man they described as "timid and not very social" had been arrested as the notorious cell phone jammer on the CTA line. Nicholl works as a financial planner for the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. His attorney told The Tribune that his client only wanted some peace and quiet when he rode the train to work. According to The Tribune, this is not Nicholl's first offense. He was previously charged and convicted of the same offense in 2009.