Charges dropped against migrant accused of stabbing another asylum seeker in dispute over restroom cleanliness

Jorge Goyo was arrested at the Grand Crossing District Chicago police station. (Cook County sheriff’s office, Google)

CHICAGO — A Venezuelan migrant accused of stabbing another asylum seeker during a dispute over the cleanliness of a police station restroom has been given a fresh start.

The case was set for trial on March 25, but it was delayed until April 22 so prosecutors could find the alleged victim. When everyone showed up for trial on April 22, the complainant had still not been found. Faced with the defense attorney’s ongoing demand for a speedy trial, prosecutors spiked the entire case, according to court records.

Goyo, who was facing four counts of aggravated battery, had been in the Cook County jail since August 2. Before that, he lived in the lobby of the Grand Crossing (3rd) District police station with the alleged victim.

Officers working the station’s front desk saw Goyo arguing with a 48-year-old male migrant in the station lobby around 7:16 p.m. on July 31, a CPD arrest report said.

The report said the argument turned physical, and Goyo stabbed the other man in the leg with a knife. According to the report, the alleged victim claimed the two were arguing because Goyo didn’t clean the lobby restroom after using it.

This story is made possible by contributions to the Cook County Courtroom Transparency Fund.

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