Uptown: Man falls onto L tracks while trying to avoid brick attack, police say

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Northbound Red Line service was temporarily halted at Wilson Avenue this morning after a man fell onto the tracks. The man was running away from two people who were allegedly attacking him with their hands and a brick when he fell from the platform, police said. Detectives are investigating.

Police were called to the station at 1104 West Wilson at 6:17 a.m. after a 47-year-old man fell onto the tracks and suffered a severe head wound. The man told police he was running away from a couple who were attacking him when he lost his balance and fell onto the rails.

A man and a woman, both 36, were taken into custody a short time later on the 1200 block of West Leland. The couple told police that the man who fell had punched the woman and taken her cellphone, police said.

Area North detectives are working to figure out what happened.

The man who fell onto the tracks was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a deep cut above his eye and injuries to his chest. As of 10 a.m., police dispatchers began referring to the hospitalized man as an “offender” in the case.

Police dispatch records show that officers responded to a call of a man striking a woman with a walker near Leland and Racine about five minutes before the CTA station incident was reported. The events are believed to be related.

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