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Homeless Man Who Died Falling Down 'L' Stop Stairs Was 'Well-Known' to Cops

By  Benjamin Woodard and Quinn Ford | March 22, 2013 12:37pm 

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ROGERS PARK — A man who died Tuesday morning after falling down the stairs at the Howard 'L' station was "well-known" by officers in the area, said Rogers Park Police Cmdr. James Roussell.

The man was later identified as Keith Anderson, 41, of the 1400 block of South Canal Street, by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Roussell said the incident was captured by cameras in the station, which led to an open-and-shut case.

"Within minutes we knew he had fallen down the steps," he said in an interview. "He was seriously hurt. Thank God for cameras."

Authorities said Anderson, who appeared to be intoxicated and covered in urine, was escorted off the station's platform by Chicago Transit Authority security.

Then he fell down the stairs, hitting his head about 2:30 a.m.

Police arrived after the fall, Roussell said.

He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead at 3:10 a.m., according to the medical examiner's office.

Roussell said the man was "well-known" by patrol officers in the area.