Chicago man charged in Red Line hammer attack, arrested in Lakeview, CPD says

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Man charged in CTA hammer attack, arrested in Lakeview: Chicago police
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A 50-year-old man was injured early Tuesday morning when someone approached him on the Red Line in the Gold Coast and hit him with a hammer, Chicago police said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 30-year-old Chicago man was charged after a 50-year-old man was hit with a hammer on the CTA Red Line near the Clark and Division stop in the Gold Coast early Tuesday morning, Chicago police said.

CPD said the battery was reported just after 5:10 a.m. in the 1200-block of North Clark Street.

The victim was riding the Red Line when an unknown male suspect, who police later identified as Curtis Tyler, came up and hit him with a hammer, Chicago police said.

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The man suffered a laceration to the forehead and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was stabilized.

Tyler was arrested just after 6 a.m. Tuesday in the 900-block of West Belmont Avenue in Lakeview.

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He was charged with aggravated battery, theft, carrying a weapon on the CTA and public indecency, police said.

He's next due in court Wednesday.

Howard-bound Red Line trains had some delays after the incident.