CHICAGO — A flight attendant remained unresponsive at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, suffering from significant head and brain injuries she suffered when a man randomly hit her in the head with a log on the Magnificent Mile, officials said this afternoon.
Judge Ankur Srivastava ordered 52-year-old Bruce Diamond jailed to await trial on a charge of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.
Surveillance video allegedly showed Diamond taking a three-foot-long, white tree log from a Starbucks and then carrying it south on the Magnificent Mile shortly after 2 p.m. Monday.
Walking in the opposite direction, the 23-year-old victim and a co-worker enjoyed a layover. Neither had ever seen Diamond before, prosecutors said.
As they passed in front of the Burberry store, 633 North Michigan, Diamond “launched the log in a javelin-like manner” toward the victim, prosecutors wrote in a detention petition. It struck her in the head and knocked her to the ground, where she lay unconscious, bleeding from the nose and ears.
Diamond “simply continued on his path,” prosecutors said. Chicago police officers, who said they saw him throw the log, detained Diamond nearby.
Srivastava wrote in his detention order that there was “no discernible reason” for the attack, which he called “both brutal and senseless.”
Prosecutors said the victim “sustained bruising, swelling, and bleeding to her brain, a hemorrhage, and a fracture to her left mastoid.”
Court records show Diamond has been AWOL for more than two years from a misdemeanor battery case filed against him on September 26, 2022. He was accused of battering someone inside a store in the 200 block of North Dearborn during that incident, but no other details about the allegations were included in the court file.
Before that, Diamond’s local history was extensive between 1989 and 1997, when he racked up 16 misdemeanor arrests. More recently, he has been in Ohio. Prosecutors said on Wednesday that he has had 21 convictions there since 2011.
In one of those cases, he was accused of throwing a rock at a Cincinnati Fire Department ambulance in the city’s Government Square, according to a contemporaneous report by the Cincinnati Enquirer.