Police: Man pushed into path of Loop train survives, suspect sought

Police are on the hunt for the offender who pushed a man into the path of a Red Line train in the Loop on Friday evening. The victim is in serious condition.

The two men were arguing on the Jackson platform around 7:21 p.m. when the altercation turned physical, police said. One man then reportedly pushed the other into the path of a northbound train.

Officers at the scene said the victim’s leg became pinned under the train, and he was dragged for a short distance. First responders rescued the man and took him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Cops searched the area for a suspect described as a Black male wearing a blue hoodie, black shoes with orange side panels, and stonewashed jeans that are very dark on the sides.

Police did not release the victim’s age.

In April, a similar attack at the same CTA platform ended with a former Marine’s death and the filing of murder charges against two alleged offenders. Ryan Munn, 18, and 19-year-old Fajour Hodges are awaiting trial in that case.

Prosecutors said Hodges punched 29-year-old Mamadou Balde in the face, and then Munn and Hodges pushed Balde, causing him to fall between two cars of a moving train. Balde’s lower body became trapped in the train, which dragged him along the platform.

“[CTA] video shows his arms moving, trying to dislodge himself as the train was dragging him along the platform,” a prosecutor said during Hodges’ bail hearing. 

Balde died when he slammed into a concrete and metal barrier at the end of the platform.

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