Man charged with slashing Chick-fil-A security guard, threatening to cut another’s throat

Peyton Caruth (Chicago Police Department, CWBChicago)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a Lake Villa man attacked and slashed a security guard and threatened to slash another employee’s throat at a downtown Chicago Chick-fil-A. Judge Ankur Srivastava detained Peyton Caruth, 19, after prosecutors filed a petition calling him a public safety threat.

The petition said a restaurant security guard asked Caruth to leave because he was sitting at a booth with no food around 10:45 a.m. on April 5. Caruth “became agitated and began to yell” before getting into a physical struggle with the guard, according to the petition.

Caruth allegedly choked the 23-year-old guard, then pulled out a knife and slashed the man’s forehead. Doctors used seven stitches to close the wound.

A Chicago police report said Caruth threatened another restaurant employee, saying something to the effect of “I will cut your throat in less than 10 seconds.”

Officers found Caruth on the top floor of a nearby parking garage with blood on his shirt and in possession of a box cutter, according to court filings.

The judge, Srivastava, pointed to Caruth’s “extremely erratic” behavior in court as one reason he decided to keep him in jail.

Prosecutors charged Caruth with three counts of aggravated battery and misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and trespassing. He is due in court again later today.

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