Serial urine attacker is sentenced to probation, anger management courses

CHICAGO — A man accused of randomly tossing cups of urine on people as they walked their dogs on the North Side in late 2021 has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to take anger management classes, according to court records.

Bright Ibeh, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery in exchange for the sentence from Judge Timothy Joyce. The judge also sentenced Ibeh to 56 days in jail, time that he had already served.

The two aggravated battery charges involved the same victim, but prosecutors said in a court filing last year that they believed Ibeh committed at least three similar crimes.

In the case that resulted in charges, a 60-year-old woman was walking her dog in the 5300 block of North Ashland when Ibeh walked toward her with a large paper cup in his hand on November 6, 2021, prosecutors said.

Bright Ibeh (Chicago Police Department)

He threw the contents of the cup in the woman’s face and fled. She felt a burning sensation in her eyes and could not see for a few moments, prosecutors said. It didn’t take long for her to realize what the liquid was.

The woman, identified as Katie Lyons, spoke with CBS2 about the incident two months later.

“The look of rage in his face—and just the way his eyes looked,” Lyons said. “He had a large cup in his hand, and just as he was passing me, threw the contents of it into my eyes. And I yelled for help, just because my eyes were burning, and I couldn’t see, and I dropped my phone.”

Last April, prosecutors filed a motion to introduce “proof of other crimes” to support their allegations against Ibeh. In it, they detailed three other cases that they believe he was responsible for in 2021:

  • On December 3, a man was doused as he walked his dog in the 1600 block of West Rascher.
  • On December 7, a woman was hit in the face and body with a cup of the liquid as she walked her dog in the 1700 block of West Balmoral.
  • On December 30, a man threw a cup of liquid at a woman walking her dogs in the 5400 block of North Ashland. He missed.

Ibeh’s attorney during initial proceedings said he has an accounting degree and, to that point in time, no criminal background.

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