Man who attacked 3 people downtown was on bail for similar incident, prosecutors say

A Chicago police officer prepares to arrest Isaac Azuara near Clark and Division. | Chicago Police Department; DiverseVoice

Chicago — The man who allegedly attacked three people at random on the Near North Side was on bail for allegedly punching and kicking two Chicago cops who intervened in another random attack last month.

Isaac Azuara, 24, is charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery in connection with the latest incidents, which happened around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Azuara first blocked a 29-year-old woman’s path and pinned her against the glass of Jewel-Osco, 102 West Division. He allegedly punched her in the face three times before she escaped into the store.

While officers were speaking with the woman, two more victims approached them to report being attacked:

  • A 32-year-old woman said Azuara punched her in the back of the head as she exited the Clark-Division Red Line station, causing her to fall to the ground. Azuara allegedly kicked the woman three times while she was down, then walked away.
  • A 32-year-old man reported that Azuara pushed him outside CVS, 1157 North Clark, then tried to punch him, but the man evaded the punch.

EMS checked out the three victims, all of whom opted not to go to a hospital.

Twitter user DiverseVoice posted a video of police arresting Azuara:

On January 14, Chicago police officers responded to an assault in progress call involving Azuara in the 4900 block of South Hoyne and tried to defuse the situation.

But Azuara, whom prosecutors described as “agitated,” swung at a witness. An officer pushed the witness out of the way, and Azuara allegedly hit the cop in the mouth and cheek several times.

Azuara was “combative” during the arrest and kicked a second officer in the genitals, prosecutors said.

Judge Barbara Dawkins ordered him to pay a $500 bail deposit to get out of jail. He made bond and was on bail during the latest incidents.

During a bail hearing on Thursday, Judge Maryam Ahmad held Azuara without bail for violating bond in the pending case. She said he would need to pay a $5,000 bail deposit to be released in the new case.

He has no criminal background.

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