Loop: Man Stabbed After Refusing To Give Stranger A Cigarette

Police are seeking this man in connection with Friday evening’s stabbing in the Loop. | Chicago Police Dept

A 34-year-old man was stabbed after he refused to give a cigarette to a stranger in the Loop on Friday evening, police said. The victim was walking in the 100 block of West Van Buren when a man approached him and asked for a cigarette around 8:40 p.m., according to police.

When the victim said “no,” the offender pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the neck and stomach. Passers-by helped the victim who later underwent surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was listed in serious condition.

Authorities tonight released surveillance images of the suspect. He is described as a black man between 38- and 45-years-old who stands about 6’3” tall. He was wearing a light blue hat, a dark jacket, and ripped light blue jeans. He had an identification card hanging from his right front pants pocket.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Area Central investigators at (312) 747-8380.

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