Migrant charged with Red Line stabbing was armed with a butcher knife: court docs

CHICAGO — A Venezuelan migrant accused of critically stabbing a man at the Grand Red Line station was armed with a butcher knife when Chicago police officers arrested him, prosecutors said today.

Judge Barbara Dawkins ordered Carlos Pascual Gomez, 32, detained as a safety threat during a court hearing this afternoon.

Officials said Gomez had been drinking when he stabbed a 34-year-old man in the back of the head as they walked up the Grand Red Line platform around 3:30 p.m. Monday. A friend of the victim followed Gomez into the Loop and directed cops to him, a CPD arrest report said.

Cops who detained Gomez on the corner of State and Madison found a butcher knife in his front waistband and blood on his hands, according to the report.

Carlos Pascual Gomez | Chicago Police Department; T from Mansfield MA

The victim, stabbed twice in the back of the head, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police said he had been critically injured, but his condition stabilized.

Gomez is also accused of stabbing a tire and a side window of a man’s Mustang on State Street shortly before police arrested him.

He is charged with attempted murder and criminal damage to property.

According to the CPD arrest report, Gomez lived at the Standard Club migrant shelter, 320 South Plymouth, in the Loop. Gomez also listed the shelter as his home when he was arrested for allegedly having alcohol or drugs on the Red Line at State-Lake, according to court records. That charge was dropped in August.

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