Man with ‘extensive criminal history’ knocked Red Line passenger unconscious for standing too close to his bike: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Officials say a man with an extensive criminal history knocked a CTA passenger unconscious because the victim was standing near his bicycle on a Red Line train in the Loop.

Judge William Fahy ordered Joshua Savado, 33, detained to await trial during a court hearing this week.

Chicago police arrested Savado in the Loop on Sunday to face charges in the attack, which occurred around 11:45 a.m. on October 11.

Savado and the 53-year-old victim were on the same train car when Savado screamed for the victim to “get the f**k away” from his bike, prosecutors said in a detention petition. A few minutes later, Savado “screamed that he had told [the victim] to get the f**k away from his bike and that this was his f**king train,” the petition continued.

CTA camera footage shows Savado striking the victim in the face without provocation, knocking him unconscious, prosecutors said.

Joshua Savado | Chicago Police Department; CWBChicago

Savado continued to attack the victim as he lay “defenseless” on the floor of the train, according to the petition. When the train arrived at Lake Street, Savado allegedly dragged the victim’s body onto the platform and then returned to the train car and continued his journey.

The man suffered four facial fractures and had to undergo surgery to repair his eye, prosecutors said.

Judge Fahy pointed to Savado’s “extensive criminal history,” which includes other violent crimes on the CTA, in his detention order.

Savado’s previous arrests include:

  • A misdemeanor battery charge after he allegedly punched a 56-year-old Jewel employee in the nose at the company’s 550 North State location on May 13. He received a sentence of 15 days time served on May 30.
  • A charge of misdemeanor battery was filed after a 36-year-old man accused him of grabbing him by the shirt, pushing him away, and stating, “What you gonna do? What’s up?” at Chick-fil-A, 177 North State, on September 11. Prosecutors dropped the case on October 6.
  • Allegations that he slapped a 66-year-old man sitting in a wheelchair in Rogers Park, then threw a vase at the victim and the victim’s caretaker on September 22, 2015, and then fought with arresting officers. He pleaded guilty to a single count of misdemeanor battery a year later in exchange for a two-day jail sentence, according to court records.
  • A September 2015 robbery on the Red Line at North-Clybourn on September 16, 2015. Prosecutors said he battered the 23-year-old victim and took the man’s wallet from his pocket. He pleaded guilty to robbery in 2016 and received a five-year prison sentence from Judge Charles Burns.

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