Three persons of interest detained for questioning after a 16-year-old boy was critically wounded in a Lincoln Park stabbing early Monday have been released without being charged, a CPD spokesperson said Tuesday night.
A police department spokesperson said tonight that three had to be released due to “lack of victim cooperation” and a denial of felony charges by prosecutors.
Two people chased down and stabbed the teenager seven times on the 1600 block of North Bissell around 1 a.m., police said after the attack.
The victim and another male were walking on the sidewalk when two male attackers emerged from a silver Charger and began chasing them, police said. Officers on patrol stopped a silver Charger nearby and its male passengers were identified by a witness as the attackers. Police also detained the car’s female driver.
A police department source told CWBChicago later on Monday that the stabbing was part of an attempted robbery during a drug deal.
The victim, who turned 16 on Sunday, is in critical condition at Lurie Children’s Hospital with stab wounds to his chest, arm, and leg. He has been arrested four times for felonies as a juvenile, according to a source.