Red Line: “Vicious” Attack On Senior Citizen Has Cops Asking For Help; Victim May Lose Eyesight

UPDATE JUNE 15, 2018, 5:07PM — Chicago police just announced that the suspect is in custody. “Thank you to you the public and everyone for your assistance in finding this suspect. The partnership between the Police and community works and this is just the most recent example,” the department said in a Tweet. “After posting this wanted offender’s information to the public and on our social media platforms, a suspect is now in custody and charges are pending in this aggravated battery of a senior.” CWBChicago will update you as developments emerge. Our original report follows.

Chicago cops are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who “viciously” attacked a senior citizen aboard a North Side Red Line train yesterday. The woman may lose her eyesight as a result of the attack, CPD Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi said. Images of the suspect, released by CPD on Friday afternoon, are shared throughout this report.

Around noontime on Thursday, a female senior citizen was reading her Kindle on a northbound Red Line train when the offender approached her and “completely unprovoked, viciously punched her in the face causing serious injury to her eye,” police said in a community alert.

Police said the offender exited the train at the Jarvis station.

Police say the man exited the train at Jarvis.  | Chicago Police Department

The man is described as black, in his 20’s, about 5’8” tall, 160-180 pounds, with short black hair. He was wearing a blue t-shirt with the word “Illinois” on its front with jeans, brown shoes, and a backpack.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Area North detectives at 312-744-8266.

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