Prosecutors charge man with stabbing 3 homeless men as they slept

Bryant McCalip (inset) and CTA surveillance images of the attacker that CPD released on August 19. | CPD

Prosecutors on Friday night charged an Englewood man in connection with a series of stabbing attacks on sleeping homeless men around Grant Park and on the Red Line this summer. So far, he is not charged with the first attack in the spree, which left a man dead.

Bryant McCalip, age 28, is charged with three felony counts of attempted murder and three felony counts of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, police said.

Police arrested Bryant at his home in the 6600 block of South Peoria on Thursday afternoon, less than a day after detectives released CTA surveillance images of the attacker.

According to the charges, McCalip struck most recently aboard a Red Line train at the 95th/Dan Ryan station around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 18. Another attack took place aboard the Red Line at 1:51 a.m. on July 15 at the 63rd Street station, according to police.

Another homeless man was critically wounded at 3:51 a.m. on July 24 while he slept in Grant Park on the 1100 block of South Michigan, according to police.

But no murder counts have been filed against McCalip, an indication that he has not yet been charged with fatally stabbing the first victim that police connected to the pattern.

On July 9, police found 53-year-old Aaron Curry fatally stabbed in Grant Park at almost the exact same spot where the July 24 victim would later be attacked.

More information about the cases is expected to be revealed during McCalip’s bond court appearance on Saturday.

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