Man dressed like Jesus attacked woman on Brown Line: report

A man who was reportedly dressed like Jesus Christ punched a woman in the mouth while riding a CTA train in Lincoln Park on Thursday morning, according to a Chicago police report.

A CPD spokesperson said the victim, 24, was seated on a Brown Line train when the man punched her in the mouth without provocation around 8:30 a.m. She got off at Fullerton to seek assistance, but he apparently continued riding to Diversey.

Officers on the scene reported that the woman had difficulty speaking due to her injuries and may have suffered a broken jaw. According to the spokesperson, EMS transported her to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition.

An officer who interviewed the woman radioed that she remembered him being about 5’10” tall, wearing a sleeveless black shirt and “a crown on his head like Jesus.”

Police reviewed CTA surveillance footage and spotted a suspect who exited the train at Diversey. He was Black, in his 40s, had long hair, a crown of thorns on his head, and wore black sandals with white soles, an officer said. The suspect also appeared to be wearing a skirt or dress while carrying a metal bar or pole.

The same man returned to the Diversey station around 10 a.m. and boarded an inbound train, according to the surveillance officer. But the man has not been arrested. Area Three detectives are handling the investigation.

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