Grandfather attacked by 3 men on 606 Trail

ByLaura Podesta WLS logo
Monday, August 29, 2016
Grandfather attacked on 606 Trail
Luis Altamirano, 69, said he was attacked by three men while walking on the 606 Trail.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Thieves have targeted people on the 606 Trail, including a 69-year-old grandfather who was mugged in broad daylight on Saturday.

Luis Altamirano enjoyed his morning walks on the 606 Trail, the city's new and popular walking and biking trail, until he was attacked.

Now he's scared.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, Altamirano was on the trail near Lawndale Avenue on the West Side when he was stopped by a group of three men. One of them came up behind him and struck him with a blunt, metal object.

The men took a cellphone and credit cards and then ran away. He was left on the trail with a head injury.

"I got this big ball on my head," Altamirano said.

This is the second attack on the 606 Trail in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, a 30-year-old woman was assaulted by another woman on a bike.

Altamirano's daughter, Rosa, said she wants the Chicago Police Department to release surveillance footage from nearby cameras. She also wants more police patrolling the trail.

"I definitely want to see more security and safety for our senior citizens. They are here walking daily," Rosa Altamirano said.

Luis Altamirano described his attackers as black men between the ages of 18 and 25. Two were on bikes, he said.

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