Torch-Wielding Man Threatened To Set CTA Attendant On Fire, Prosecutors Say

Kritikos threatened to set three people on fire near the Western Brown Line station on Friday, prosecutors said.

A man wielding an Eagle blow torch threatened to set three people, including a CTA attendant, on fire near the Western Brown Line station early Friday morning, police said.

47-year-old Louis Kritikos of Glenview is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Around 1 a.m. Kritikos entered the Western station and told a CTA worker, “I’ll cut your throat. I’ll slit your throat. I’ll set you on fire.” He then pulled out a blow torch, lit it, and pointed it at the attendant, prosecutors said.

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Kritikos ran from the station and then threatened a 7-Eleven store clerk with the torch at 4631 North Western, they said.

When a man tried to calm Kritikos down, Kritikos pointed the torch at him and yelled, “I’ll kill you mother f*cker. I’ll kill any white boy,” according to court records.

Cops caught up with Kritikos nearby and the three alleged victims identified him for police.

A judge set Kritikos’ bail at $10,000. Police said he is a self-admitted member of the Insane Popes street gang.

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