North Side home invader beat victim with metal baton — until the victim stabbed him, prosecutors say

Chicago — Prosecutors have charged a Chicago man with beating a complete stranger with a metal baton during a Thanksgiving night home invasion on the North Side.

Al’Aswan McKay, 33, remained hospitalized with stab wounds inflicted by the victim as prosecutor Michael Magnowski laid out the allegations against him during a bail hearing on Saturday afternoon.

Bagnowski said a man and woman returned to their home in the 6300 block of North Oakley after attending Thanksgiving dinner around 10:40 p.m. They soon heard a loud banging noise at their door.

The male victim looked out and saw McKay yelling at him to come outside. Instead, the victim shouted that he was calling the police. He did, then he handed the phone to his girlfriend and fetched a knife from the kitchen.

As the man returned to the front of the house, he saw McKay “donkey kick” the door, which broke the door jamb, Bagnowski said.

McKay started beating the man in the head with a metal baton or asp and didn’t stop until the victim stabbed him with the knife, according to Bagnowski. McKay and a man with him, identified by Bagnowski as McKay’s brother, ran from the scene.

The victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. Doctors used stitches and staples to close wounds in five places on his head.

Meanwhile, police located McKay by following a blood trail for about four blocks, Bagnowski said. EMS took him to St. Francis, too, and the victim’s girlfriend identified him as the man who beat the victim, Bagnowski said.

Bagnowski offered no motive for the attack, but he said the victims had never met McKay or his brother before.

Prosecutors charged McKay with two counts of attempted home invasion. Judge Mary Marubio ordered him to pay a $7,500 bail deposit to get out of jail on electronic monitoring.

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