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$250,000 Bail For Accused Dropkick Murphys Concert Stabber

By  Kelly Bauer and Erica Demarest | August 10, 2017 8:10am | Updated on August 10, 2017 5:32pm

 Thomas Christensen, 34, was charged with aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon and battery, police said.
Thomas Christensen, 34, was charged with aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon and battery, police said.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Bail was set at $250,000 Thursday for a Humboldt Park man charged in a stabbing at a Dropkick Murphys and Rancid concert on Northerly Island.

Thomas Christensen, 34, is accused of stabbing a 29-year-old man in his face and neck using a 3½-inch blade about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday following an argument during the concert.

The victim was treated for a broken jaw at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition had stabilized, according to Assistant State's Attorney Nancee Hofheimer, who spoke during a bond hearing Thursday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2650 S. California Ave.

A 34-year-old woman was also slashed in her chest during a scuffle to detain Christensen after he tried to flee, prosecutors said. The cut was small, court records show.

Hofheimer in court Thursday said the Christensen and 29-year-old victim argued about the Dropkick Murphys concert, but shared no additional details. It is not clear what sparked the fight.

Christensen's public defender argued that Christensen was acting in self-defense; she requested photos of injuries to Christensen's chest. According to police, Christensen was knocked to the ground during his arrest, sustaining "superficial wounds."

Christensen, of the 2400 block of West Haddon Avenue, is charged with battery and aggravated battery using a deadly weapon.

The female victim is out of the hospital. She said she was standing at a concession stand when she was knocked down by a man who was running from someone.

The woman from South Bend, Ind., told the Tribune, “I saw my friend pull her daughter out of the way, and I got bumped pretty hard by the first guy running."

Her friend told her she was bleeding, she said.

“It happened so quick," she said, adding, "I will be taking a break from concerts for a while."

In September 2015, Christensen was charged with misdemeanor battery for reportedly punching a man in his head at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. A judge found Christensen not guilty in the case in January 2016.