3 women hospitalized after ‘senseless attack’ over who could ride a trolley bus after Chicago Bulls game: officials

Julius Bradsfield | Chicago Police Department; Mack Male

CHICAGO — A South Loop man was jailed as a public safety threat on Tuesday after prosecutors accused him of attacking three women outside the United Center in a dispute over who could ride a trolley bus.

All three women, ages 24 to 27, needed medical attention after the incident, which unfolded in the first block of South Wood after the December 26 Bulls game.

Calling the attacks “senseless,” Judge Ankur Srivastava ordered Julius Bradsfield, 27, detained after a court hearing on Tuesday.

Srivastava’s detention order said Bradsfield “violently attacked” the three women “in a dispute over who could ride the trolley.” Bradsfield fled the scene in a cab after taking one of the victims’ Lululemon cross-body bag, according to the allegations.

Prosecutors told the judge that Bradsfield punched one woman in the eye, causing her to suffer a concussion. He punched a second woman in the face, fracturing her orbital bone, they said. The third woman sustained a bite on her left middle finger.

A Chicago police arrest report said video showed Bradsfield taking one victim’s cross-body bag, containing her cash, credit cards, and other items.

He is charged with robbery, three counts of aggravated battery in a public place, and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

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