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1 charged in 'L' beatings; attackers shouted gang name

By Mitch Smith

Tribune reporter

5:48 PM CDT, March 17, 2013

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Three people were assaulted aboard a Red Line "L" train Friday when a group of men stormed a car shouting their gang affiliation, prosecutors said Sunday.

Cameron D. Griggs, 19, was the only person arrested, though four other males also participated in the attack, said Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Rusch. Griggs, who prosecutors believe boarded a train at the 47thStreet Red Line station, was arrested just before 11 p.m. Friday at the 69thStreet station on the South Side. The other men fled the scene.

Griggs, of the 1300 block of North Hudson Avenue in the Old Town neighborhood, faces a charge of of felony aggravated battery in a public place. Griggs is accused of punching and kicking a 57-year-old man after an unknown person struck the man in the face with a handgun, Rusch said. The victim was treated and released from St. Bernard Hospital, according to court records.

Another attacker punched a woman who pressed the train’s emergency button, Rusch said, and a third victim was punched four times. Rusch said the attack was captured on surveillance video.

Cook County Judge James Brown set Griggs’ bail at $90,000 during a Sunday hearing in Cook County Bond Court. The teen will have to post $9,000 to leave jail. He’s due back in court Friday.

mitsmith@tribune.com