California man stabbed 71-year-old seven times outside Union Station: prosecutors

Wilson Barreno (Chicago Police Department, Chicago Union Station)

CHICAGO — A California man stabbed a 71-year-old woman seven times as she walked her dog near Union Station, narrowly missing one of her kidneys with one stab and puncturing two arteries, prosecutors said Friday.

Wilson Barreno, 25, of Oakland, randomly assaulted the woman, who lives in the South Loop, in the 200 block of South Clinton just before 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to court filings.

Prosecutors said he hooked his left arm around the woman’s neck and used his right hand to stab her repeatedly on the right side of her body and neck. Police found a box cutter at the scene. A CPD report said the woman suffered two stab wounds to her neck, two to her shoulder, and three to her back.

A witness followed Barreno after the attack and identified him to police, the report said.

Judge William Fahy detained Barreno at the state’s request, citing the violent nature of the crime and the fact that Barreno was carrying a Guatemalan passport.

Barreno is charged with attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery.

CPD previously said the attack occurred in the 200 block of South Canal, but the police report and criminal complaints say it happened on Clinton Street.

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