CHICAGO — At least four people were stabbed early Friday on the Red Line in Lincoln Park after a man fought off six people who attacked and tried to rob him, police said.
The attempted robbery and stabbings occurred around 2:03 a.m., Supt. David Brown said at a press conference Friday afternoon.
The victim, a 43-year-old man, got on the Red Line at the Addison stop, Brown said. As the train headed south, three people approached him, tried to take his cell phone then attacked him, Brown said.
As they struggled, the victim took a small knife from his pocket and stabbed one of his attackers in his back, Brown said.
The victim switched cars as the train stopped at the North/Clybourn Red Line station and the three attackers got off the train, Brown said.
A fourth person began attacking the victim, who stabbed that person in the neck, Brown said. As that person fled the train, he stabbed the victim in the collarbone, Brown said.
A total of six people then chased the victim around the platform and train cars, Brown said. Two of these people hit the victim in his head with a glass bottle and other objects, Brown said. The victim cut one of the attackers on the arm, Brown said.
Officers quickly responded to the scene and arrested all six people, Brown said. Charges are pending.
The victim suffered a stab wound and several cuts, and was taken to Northwestern Hospital in serious condition, police said.
Of the attempted robbers: A 52-year-old man was stabbed in his neck and was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, a 36-year-old man had his forearm cut and was taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition and a 24-year-old man was stabbed in his back and was taken to Northwestern Hospital, police said.
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