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River North Road Rage Stabbing Leads To Murder Charges

A witness told the Sun-Times the Tuesday night stabbing occurred after two drivers got out of their cars and began scuffling with each other in the street.

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RIVER NORTH — A 25-year-old man has been charged in connection with a road rage attack Tuesday night, in which the drivers of two cars argued and fought in the street before one stabbed the other in the neck, police said.

Alan Saenz Perez, of the 2200 block of West 50th Place, was charged with first-degree murder Friday. Police He is accused of stabbing Jeremy Walker, 36.

The stabbing occurred around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after a “physical altercation” near Ohio and Dearborn streets, police said.

A witness who spoke to the Sun-Times said he saw Walker get out of a blue Kia and yell at the driver of a black car behind him, asking why the driver was honking at him.

Then three people got out of the black car, and the two drivers began punching at each other before Walker pinned the driver of the black car to the ground, the witness told the Sun-Times. The man on the ground pulled out a knife and stabbed Walker in his neck before driving off on Dearborn, the witness said.

Walker drove a few blocks west to Ohio and Michigan Avenue where he flagged down officers, police said. The witness told the Sun-Times he and his younger brother had tried to help treat Walker’s wound before he drove away.

Walker was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and died, officials said.

Perez was arrested Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in Cook County bond court Saturday.

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