A city of Chicago surveillance camera was rolling last month when a woman was critically injured by a man who hurled a log, striking her in the head directly in front of the Burberry store on Michigan Avenue.
Today, the city released the footage to CWBChicago in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
The woman, a 23-year-old flight attendant who was enjoying a layover with a co-worker, remained unresponsive for days. Officials have not provided any updates about her condition.
Prosecutors have charged Bruce Diamond, a 52-year-old man who has an extensive history with police in Chicago and elsewhere. At the time of the Mag Mile attack, he had been AWOL for more than two years from a misdemeanor battery case in which he was accused of battering someone inside a store in the Loop.
Officials said the attack was random.
As the city’s video from November 13 begins, people are going about their day in the 600 block of North Michigan. It’s shortly after 2 p.m. as a small group of shoppers heads north past the Burberry store.
Heading south on the same sidewalk is a man, allegedly Diamond. Gripped under his right arm is a long, white log. Prosecutors said he had just stolen it from a nearby Starbucks.
Directly in front of the Burberry entrance, the man hoists the log above his shoulder and hurls it directly at the woman. It strikes her in the head, knocking her unconscious. She immediately falls to the ground.
As bystanders stop to help the woman, the man picks up the log and raises it over his shoulder, seeming to threaten three passersby. They turn on their heels and run.
The attacker continues walking south, takes one step into Ontario Street, then walks back toward the fallen victim. At the same time, a Chicago police officer walks into view. He orders the man to drop the log and then places him in custody.
Here is a portion of the city’s surveillance video. We removed the moment of impact and the woman’s fall from this clip:
Diamond remains in the Cook County jail. He is due in court on Thursday. Last month, prosecutors said he has had 21 convictions in Ohio 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.