Charges filed in Uptown road rage attack

Ruben Bunyi | CPD

Police have tracked down the man that prosecutors say stabbed another driver during a road rage incident in Uptown on December 23. The back window of the alleged victim’s car was also shot out during the noontime incident in the 1200 block of West Winona, police said, but the accused man is not charged with any firearms violations.

Ruben Bunyi, 69, is charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery. Prosecutors on Friday said the 30-year-old victim had undergone three surgeries to repair a 7-inch cut to his leg.

The younger man was driving behind Bunyi near the 5000 block of North Broadway, but he became frustrated because Bunyi kept slamming on his brakes, Assistant State’s Attorney Jocelyn Schieve said during Bunyi’s bond court hearing Friday.

When the victim turned onto Winona Street, Bunyi pulled up behind him and the two began arguing outside their vehicles, Schieve said. Bunyi punched the younger man several times and the alleged victim kicked Bunyi in self-defense, according to Schieve.

That’s when Bunyi allegedly pulled out a knife with a 3- to 4-inch blade and began slashing the man’s left calf. As the injured man returned to his car, he heard a gunshot, and the rear window of his car shattered, but the bullet did not strike him. The victim never saw Bunyi with a gun, Schieve said.

Last month, police said the victim drove himself to Weiss Hospital for treatment and stopped a patrol officer along the way to report the incident. He was later transferred to Stroger Hospital and is still undergoing treatment, according to Schieve.

Bunyi’s public defender, Caroline Howard, said he was involved in a “mutual combat situation” with a younger man.

Investigators reviewed CPD surveillance camera footage to get a partial license plate of the car driving in front of the victim before the attack. Based on that information, the car model, and images of the vehicle’s driver, they narrowed their investigation down to Bunyi, Schieve said.

The victim allegedly identified Bunyi as the other driver in a photo array this week.

Schieve told Judge Susana Ortiz that Bunyi is a concealed carry license holder.

The judge said it’s “very sad still that people get into it over these road rage type things. Keep driving. Everybody move on. There’s really no point.”

She then ordered Bunyi to surrender his firearms, ammunition, and permits to police after he posts a $1,000 deposit bond to get out of jail.

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