Loop: CTA Passenger Slashes Mugger With 13″ Chef Knife

Now that’s a knife! The victim carries her 13-inch chef knife for restaurant work, police say. | Amazon

A 13-inch chef knife came in handy for a restaurant worker when she was targeted by a would-be robber aboard a CTA train in the Loop last week, police said.

Montoya | CPD

The 20-year-old victim and a friend boarded the Red Line at Belmont around 6:30 p.m. last Wednesday and both women immediately noticed fellow passenger Magdaleno Montoya. He stood out because he kept inching closer to them as the train traveled downtown and, notably, he was missing several fingers.

As the train doors opened at the Adams stop, Montoya grabbed the victim’s purse and violently tried to pull it away, police said. The purse’s leather strap frayed but didn’t break. As the struggle escalated, the woman reached into her bag and pulled her 13-inch chef’s knife from its carrying case. Then, she swiped Montoya’s hand, cutting one of his few remaining fingers, according to a police report.

Cops were called and they found 57-year-old Montoya standing nearby on the train platform with blood coming from his hand. He was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and released.

Montoya is charged with felony attempted robbery and misdemeanor criminal damage to property for nearly breaking the woman’s purse strap. Judge David Navarro ordered him held without bail.

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