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Charges filed in robbery of senior on Blue Line

Staff report

2:22 PM CST, January 25, 2013

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A robber who was accidentally stabbed in the back by his partner as the pair held up a 70-year-old man on a Blue Line train downtown this week has been charged with the attack, police said today.

Derrick Williams, 24, of the 3400 block of West Flournoy Street, was charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and resisting a peace officer in the early Wednesday robbery of the senior, police said.

Williams appeared in court Thursday, where a judge denied bail, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

Williams and his alleged accomplice approached the victim inside the O’Hare-bound car near the LaSalle Street station around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday after following him from the Kedzie stop on the West Side, police said.

One of the robbers walked up and accused the man of taking his phone, police said. The man tried to get to the other end of the car but the two followed him, hitting him and kicking him in the face while he was on the ground, then taking his wallet, police said.

One of the robbers tried to stab the man but accidentally struck Williams, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he struggled to get out of his bed and spit on officers and had to be subdued, police said.

The 70-year-old West Side man was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with face wounds. Police said he may have suffered a fracture during the beating.

The second attacker escaped.
 
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