LOGAN SQUARE — Days after a cyclist was stabbed on The 606, few details have emerged about what happened — which has neighbors who use the trail on edge.
The attack happened around 12:30 p.m. Monday when a 30-year-old man was riding his bike on the trail. A man came up to him, kicked his bike and knocked him over in the 3200 block of West Bloomingdale Avenue, police said.
The attacker jumped on top of the man and stabbed him before running off, police said. He was last seen going east.
As the victim recovers from his stab wound at the hospital, police said Tuesday there are still many unknowns: The suspect remains at large, the victim and suspect didn’t appear to know each other and there was no apparent robbery.
“It’s unclear at this point,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
On Tuesday, Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) said he’s been in touch with police, but “so far we don’t have enough information to have meaningful answers” to questions from neighbors or reporters about the attack.
Neighbor Ryan Shaw said the lack of transparency surrounding the stabbing has created a sense of unease for those living along the trail.
“There was no statement by the police, by the alderman on whether this was a random attack,” Shaw said. “If this was a random attack, what’s their advice on what families should do? Does that mean we should not go outside because there’s a random person stabbing people? Having no update, no transparency, is creating unease for the neighborhood.”
Shaw, a father of two young boys who lives 100 yards from The 606, said even if police are unsure of the motive, he would have liked to see a community alert, a suspect description or a call for surveillance footage — some form of communication with neighbors.
“I totally understand that the police have more than their hands full and it’s a tough job, but some leadership and clarity and partnership with the community would be appreciated,” Shaw said. “The silence has not been appreciated.”
“It snowed today,” Shaw said. “Do we want to go up there with our 2-year-old and play in the snow or do we want to risk getting stabbed? We’re just asking for some clarification and communication from the authorities.”
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