Joseph Kromelis, known affectionately as Chicago’s “Walking Man,” is hospitalized and critically injured after someone set him on fire as he slept near the Trump Tower loading dock in River North overnight.
Clinton Anders is accused of setting a string of fires downtown and assaulting people on the lakefront while dropping his pants. A judge released him on his own recognizance because she was swayed by the fact that he once served in the military.
A woman who went out for a celebration with classmates in River North last summer was later sexually assaulted by at least two men in a hotel room, prosecutors said. DNA testing led to charges against one man this week.
Kevin Collins was charged with attempted murder for allegedly knocking his girlfriend unconscious and stabbing her with a knife in their River North hotel room last year. But prosecutors cut him a deal. They dropped the attempted murder case and he got 3 years for a lesser charge.
A suburban man was shot while driving in River North on Thursday evening, police said. Five people have been shot on the Near North Side since last Friday, three of them in River North. Both areas are experiencing a spike in shootings this year.
A man is in critical condition after he was shot during a confrontation in River North on Saturday evening, police said. He is the sixth person shot in the neighborhood this year — a pace that is well ahead of other recent years.