Man stabbed in hand while trying to assist homeless in River North

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Darius Kaporavski, 39, was trying to pick up homeless people in his van in the 200 block of East Hubbard Street to take back to his home to let them shower and clean themselves up.

A man was stabbed in his hand while trying to help homeless individuals Saturday morning in River North.

About 8 a.m., Darius Kaporavski, 39, was trying to pick up homeless people in his van in the 200 block of East Hubbard Street to take back to his home to let them shower and clean themselves up, according to Chicago police.

A 32-year-old man he picked up attempted to stab him while he was driving, police said. Kaporavski got out of the van and told ABC7 that he was struck in the face by the offender.

The offender then attempted to steal the vehicle.

Kaporavski held onto the side of the vehicle as the stabber crashed it, police said. The 32-year-old man left the area but was apprehended shortly after by responding units.

Kaporavski said he refused to sign complaints and suffered lacerations to his hand.

"Now police department wants to press charges against him and everything. I told them to set him free," Kaporavski told ABC7. "Because its not our will. Its not us. We shouldn't judge people. Only God can judge you. We should forgive him, his sin. That's why I said, I don't' want to press charges.
I'm forgiving him, his sin. Stabbing, punching and crashing the car."

The man who stabbed him was charged with unlawful use of a weapon with a knife and reckless conduct.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2017.)

WLS-TV contributed to this report.
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