A 37-year-old man is in serious condition after being stabbed in the neck on the Fullerton Red Line platform Tuesday evening, Chicago police said. But, in an interesting twist, the assailant apparently dropped her phone and ID before she escaped.
Police said the victim and a woman were arguing on a southbound Red Line train when it pulled into the station around 10:30 p.m. They both exited at Fullerton, and the woman stabbed him twice in the neck on the platform. EMS took the victim to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Investigators found the woman’s phone with her ID attached at the scene. After the attack, she reboarded the train and continued south, according to CTA video.
As recently as Monday, CPD Supt. David Brown boasted that crime on the CTA is down compared to 2019. It’s a claim he has made over and over again, even though violent attacks on the city’s public transportation have soared while CTA ridership has dropped sharply since 2019. The crime “reduction” is due to declines in minor crimes like fare jumping, criminal damage to property reports (think graffiti), and pocket-picking. It’s not easy to pick pockets when, thanks to decimated ridership levels, riders can sit down.