COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Kenwood man was stabbed by an angry CTA rider wielding a barber's razor when he came to the aide of a female passenger Sunday morning, prosecutors said.
Eddie Griffin, 62, of the 4500 block of South Greenwood Avenue, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after prosecutors said he attacked a good Samaritan about 11 a.m. Sunday on a CTA bus traveling along West Roosevelt Road.
Griffin allegedly got mad at a 54-year-old woman who had her legs stretched out across the aisle of the bus.
Swearing at the woman, Griffin ordered her to move, prosecutors said. When the woman, who has limited mobility in her legs, did not comply, Griffin threatened to cut her face.
A 52-year-old Kenwood man stepped between Griffin and the woman in an effort to protect her, prosecutors said. He saw a blade in Griffin's hand, and a moment later he was bleeding all over the bus.
The bus driver waived down police, prosecutors said. Griffin was already gone, but the woman he had allegedly accosted spotted him outside the bus.
Police arrested Griffin in the 3100 block of West Roosevelt Road in North Lawndale, according to a police report. He was identified by the witness, and the entire incident was captured on a surveillance camera.
With no apparent violence in his criminal background, Griffin was ordered held on $100,000 bail when he appeared in court Tuesday.
The Kenwood man was taken to the hospital, where he received 39 stitches for stab wounds to his leg, arm and side.
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