City Winery employee charged with murdering co-worker at West Loop location

Clarence Johnson (Chicago Police Department, Google)

CHICAGO — A City Winery employee faces murder charges for allegedly fatally stabbing a co-worker at the West Loop venue on Wednesday evening. Clarence Johnson, 41, is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing on Friday.

Officials have not said what led up to the attack, which left Francois Reed-Swain, a 47-year-old server, dead. More details will likely emerge during Johnson’s court appearance.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Reed-Swain’s death a homicide, saying he died from multiple stab wounds. An officer at the scene on Wednesday said he had been stabbed three times: in the back, the center chest, and the shoulder.

Johnson is charged with first-degree murder and possession of a controlled substance.

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