Authorities: Two fights occurred before stabbing in Rosemont
The suspect and victim of a stabbing attack in Rosemont had two scuffles in different places before the stabbing Wednesday, authorities said Thursday.
The men started fighting at the CTA Blue Line station on River Road late Wednesday afternoon, witnesses told police, before the victim left the station. The other man pulled out a small knife and began following the victim, according to the Rosemont Public Safety Department.
They walked to the Mobil gas station at the corner of River and Higgins roads, where a second fight occurred, police said. Video surveillance from the gas station shows the offender punching the victim multiple times and trying to stab him.
The attacker fled south on River Road. Police said they obtained surveillance video from the area and are working to identify him.
Police responded to the scene just after 6 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call reporting the stabbing. Paramedics took the victim -- who had at least one stab wound to his lower left abdomen -- to a trauma center, where he was in stable condition and expected to be released Thursday.
Rosemont authorities said Thursday the victim is being uncooperative in the investigation. A motive behind the attack is still unknown.
The attacker was described as a middle-aged black man about 5 feet 7 inches tall and wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black and gray shoes and a green, possibly camouflage, backpack.
Anyone with information should call police at (847) 823-1131.