Man who pushed passenger from Blue Line platform was on recognizance bonds for 3 separate misdemeanor cases, prosecutors say

Cory Patterson is accused of pushing a man from the Division Blue Line platform. | Chicago Police Department; Jacob G.

Chicago — A man suffered severe facial injuries after being pushed from the Division Blue Line platform on Tuesday evening, prosecutors said as they announced attempted murder charges in the case on Thursday.

Corey Patterson, 33, is charged with attempted murder and four counts of aggravated battery of police officers. He was free on recognizance bonds for three separate misdemeanor cases at the time of the alleged attack.

A CTA employee was watching a live feed from a security camera at the station when Patterson pushed the 28-year-old man onto the tracks around 9:33 p.m., prosecutors said. The victim suffered a broken nose, broken jaw, fractured eye socket, and two other facial fractures.

Prosecutors said the CTA employee called 911 immediately and described the attacker. Patterson allegedly matched the description and ran when cops approached him outside the station, but officers arrested him after a short foot chase.

“I did it,” Patterson allegedly told officers as they walked him to their squad car. “I pushed his ass on the tracks, and I don’t care.”

Patterson then headbutted one of the officers, breaking the cop’s nose. At the station, he spat on and tried to bite another officer, pushed a third cop, and spat in a fourth officer’s face, prosecutors allege.

Court records show that Patterson was released on a recognizance bond for trespassing at the Roosevelt CTA station on October 18, released on another recognizance bond for disorderly conduct on November 20, and released on yet another recognizance bond after he was charged with misdemeanor battery of two victims over the age of 60 on November 24. According to CPD data, Patterson was released from the police station without going before a judge for a bail hearing in each of those cases.

His background includes convictions for aggravated battery of a peace officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and a total of nine misdemeanors, prosecutors said.

He was hospitalized on Thursday and did not attend his bail hearing in person. Because he was absent, Judge Mary Marubio was barred by law from holding him without bail. Instead, she set bail at $2 million with electronic monitoring.

Update December 2, 2022: Patterson appeared in person before Judge Marubio today and she held him without bail.

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