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Police: Robber Accidentally Stabs Accomplice During L Attack

By Emily Morris | January 23, 2013 9:43am | Updated on January 23, 2013 12:15pm
 The LaSalle Stop of the CTA Blue Line downtown.
The LaSalle Stop of the CTA Blue Line downtown.
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CHICAGO — Police said a robbery Wednesday morning went sour for two attackers inside a Blue Line car when one of them tried to stab their 70-year-old victim and knifed his accomplice instead.

All three men boarded the train at the Kedzie Station on the West Side, police said. The two attackers approached the victim on the O'Hare-bound train as it approached the LaSalle Station downtown about 12:30 a.m., police said. 

One of the men accused the victim of taking his cellphone, and when the victim began to walk away, the men pushed him to the ground, police said.

When the victim tried to fight back, one of the attackers kicked him in the face, police said. One of the men then cut the victim's pants and took his wallet, police said. That man then attempted to stab the victim with a knife and accidentally cut his partner, a 24-year-old male, said police.

When the train stopped at the LaSalle Station, one attacker fled, leaving his stabbed partner and the injured 70-year-old man at the scene. The attacker who fled made off with an unknown amount of cash.

Police said the wounded 24-year-old attacker tried to run off through the train but was detained by officers. He was arrested and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where police said he became combative and spat at officers.

The robbery victim suffered injuries to his face and was taken to Northwestern Hospital as well.

The 24-year-old is in custody with charges pending, police said.