Witnesses chase, detain attacker after woman is stabbed outside Union Station

CHICAGO — Witnesses chased down and detained the man who stabbed a 71-year-old woman as she walked her dog near Union Station on Wednesday afternoon. Charges are pending.

The woman was with her dog in the 200 block of South Canal when the man attacked her from behind with a sharp object, police said. She suffered stab wounds to her back and neck and was listed in critical condition, according to Chicago police.

Witnesses chased after the assailant and detained him about two blocks away near the Clinton CTA station. The police took him into custody there.

Investigators discovered one knife at the crime scene, as well as two more knives that witnesses saw the man toss into a garbage can.

The attack appeared to be completely random, according to witnesses.

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