Police are investigating after a man was stabbed and critically wounded on a busy street near the Gold Coast on Friday evening, according to police and witnesses. No arrests have been made.
The assailant stabbed the 32-year-old victim in the abdomen during an argument on the 1100 block of North State Street around 8:55 p.m., Officer Ronald Westbrooks said. EMS took the victim to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Witnesses said the stabbing happened outside Lou Malnati’s, one of the many restaurants and nightlife venues along the Rush and Division corridor.
Westbrooks said the assailant is a Black male with gray hair who’s about 50-years-old. He was wearing a white t-shirt.
The victim has a history of arrests in the area. In fact, he was just released from prison on August 27 after serving less than half of an eight-year sentence that he received for violently robbing a man in the Gold Coast as the victim walked home from a work function. State records show he spent a total of three years and one month in custody on the charge from the time of his arrest to the day he was paroled.
Area Three detectives are handling the investigation.