On recognizance bond for CTA robbery, man’s charged with brandishing knife and injuring 2 cops

Ein Julian | CPD

When prosecutors in April charged Ein Julian with robbing a man on the Red Line downtown, he went home on a recognizance bond. Now, prosecutors say he broke one cop’s finger and spit in another’s face Sunday afternoon when they tried to stop him as he brandished a knife in North Center.

Police responded to several calls of a man waving a knife on streets near the Irving Park Brown Line station around 4:30 p.m. A witness flagged down officers on the 4100 block of North Lincoln a few minutes later and pointed them toward Julian.

Prosecutors said Julian, age 18, was holding a switchblade in the air with his left hand and a metal hair pick with his right hand as he yelled at passersby.

Julian ignored orders from the first officer on-scene to drop the knife, prosecutors said in bond court Thursday afternoon. He allegedly continued yelling, but eventually put the knife in his pocket after a second officer arrived.

Police said Julian began struggling with officers who tried to detain him. One cop dislocated a pinkie finger, according to prosecutors. Another suffered a hyperextended knee as Julian allegedly kicked and fought with officers. Julian spit in one cop’s face, prosecutors said. Two officers were treated and released at Swedish Hospital.

Prosecutors on Thursday charged Julian with felony aggravated battery of police, felony resisting, and misdemeanor assault.

Two months ago, prosecutors charged Julian with robbing a 25-year-old man on a Red Line train near the Jackson stop. The alleged victim told police that three people jumped him around 12:15 a.m. on April 9 — one offender pushed him into the wall of the train and took valuables from his pockets while another punched him. Two juveniles were also charged in the case.

A judge in April ordered Julian released on his own recognizance with electronic monitoring, but another judge subsequently removed the monitoring requirement, prosecutors said Thursday.

Later in Thursday’s hearing, Judge Susan Ortiz ordered Julian held without bail for violating the terms of his April recognizance bond. She then gave him a recognizance bond with electronic monitoring on the new charges. Upon hearing Ortiz give him another recognizance bond, Julian smiled widely and raised his hands in celebration.

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