Man who stabbed CTA passenger in the South Loop was on pretrial release for 3 cases, officials say

CHICAGO — We’ve learned new details about the allegations against a man charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing another passenger aboard a CTA bus in the South Loop. Stanislav Zhuravel, 32, was on pretrial release for three cases when he stabbed the 69-year-old victim on January 15, prosecutors said.

During a detention hearing last week, prosecutors said Zhuravel stabbed the victim, whom he did not know, four times during an argument on a bus in the 1700 block of South State. The victim suffered a lacerated forehead, three puncture wounds on his back and side, and a punctured lung.

After attacking the man, Zhuravel got off the bus, discarded the knife on the grounds of the nearby Central (1st) Police District station, and then returned to the bus to get his backpack, according to prosecutors. He then fled the scene.

Chicago police detectives identified Zhuravel through the Ventra card he used to pay his fare and the bus surveillance video. They arrested him last week at his Libertyville home.

He is charged with attempted first-degree murder and four counts of aggravated battery. 

Stanislav Zhuravel (Chicago Police Department)

Judge Ankur Srivastava detained Zhuravel as a safety risk, pointing to the fact that Zhuravel was on pretrial release for three cases at the time of the alleged attack as one reason he should not be released again.

Court records show two of the three pending cases stemmed from incidents at a Walmart in Rolling Meadows on December 12. Zhuravel was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property after one man said Zhuravel threatened him, and another man said Zhuravel ripped a mirror off his car.

A month later, on January 13, Zhuravel was charged with battery in Arlington Heights after he allegedly pushed a man to the ground and put his hands around the man’s neck, a court complaint said.

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