Woman savagely beaten on Red Line in downtown Chicago has died: medical examiner

CHICAGO — Autopsy results are pending for Vivian Morgan, the 61-year-old woman who never regained consciousness after being savagely beaten and stomped on by a man while riding the Red Line in the Loop on January 4. She passed away on Saturday morning, January 13.

Prosecutors charged eight-time convicted felon Mijawon Johnson, 36, with the attack, saying he assaulted Morgan after trying to steal her bag around 1:33 a.m. During a detention hearing earlier this month, they told Judge William Fahy that Morgan was “on a ventilator and is brain dead” and was “not expected to survive.”

Johnson was paroled in August, having served half of a six-year sentence he received for robbing a covert Chicago police narcotics officer on March 17, 2021, when he tried to steal Morgan’s bag as they rode the train near State-Lake, prosecutors said.

He launched into a violent attack, pinning her head on a seat and repeatedly punching her in the head and stomach, the state’s detention petition said. Officials said he “stomped” on her body and left her on the train.

Mijawon Johnson | Chicago Police Department

CTA workers at the Roosevelt station found Morgan unresponsive on the train and summoned help. The train’s surveillance system recorded the attack, according to prosecutors.

Using the video, CPD detectives identified Johnson as the attacker and sent a bulletin to cops across the city. On the day after the attack, patrol officers familiar with the bulletin saw Johnson on a CTA bus in the 700 block of West Chicago. They pulled the bus over and took him into custody.

He is charged with attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery, according to court records.

Johnson remains in the Cook County jail. State officials are moving to revoke his parole.

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