A Cook County prosecutor who was attacked by a pair of teens harassing two men they thought were gay tried to defend himself but "they got the best of him" and left him beaten and stabbed, according to the victim's friend.
The attack took place about 7 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of West Diversey Parkway as the prosecutor was on his way to meet the friend to fish along the lakefront, said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office.
The victim saw the teens harassing the men and yelled at them to stop, Daly said. "They turned on him and ran at him."
The prosecutor, 31, was cut near the left eye, on his side and under his right arm, officials said, but survived.
Teddy Wozny, 27, said he and the victim were supposed to meet at Diversey Harbor Thursday evening to do some salmon fishing and test out a new fishing grip. The two have been friends after meeting a couple of years ago on an online forum for Chicago-area fishing enthusiasts called WindyCityFishing.com.
Wozny said he parked his car about 7 p.m. and was coming back from paying the meter.
"I had just texted [the victim] a couple minutes before and he responded, so I had no idea anything was going on," Wozny said. "All of a sudden I saw him limping out from under the tree line in the park. When I saw his face, I was like 'Holy cow.' "
His friend was bleeding from a cut under his eye and had stab wounds under his arm, Wozny said. The two walked to the nearby St. Joseph Hospital, and then he went with him as he was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital. Wozny said his friend was released late Friday and is resting at home.
The victim told Wozny that he was walking through the park and saw the two teenagers chasing after what appeared to him to be a gay couple and yelling things at them.
"He said they were chasing them, full-on running, and the two (harassed) guys were screaming for help," Wozny said. His friend told him he yelled "Knock the f--- off!" at the teens. They wheeled around and immediately ran right at him.
"[The victim is] not a small guy. He's 6 feet, 230 pounds, so he grabbed the first kid and got him in a choke hold, and was trying to keep that guy between him and the second guy," Wozny said. "Then he slipped on the grass and went down, and they got the best of him."
The victim was hit with a beer bottle while on the ground but was still conscious. He told Wozny he yelled to his attackers, "OK, OK ... you made your point. It's done." One of them said, "No this isn't done," and that's when his friend believes he got stabbed, according to Wozny.
Wozny said the two men who originally were being chased were gone from the scene by the time police got there.
According to Wozny, police told them at the hospital they think a knife or other instrument also may have been used in the attack to make the puncture wounds.
His friend got a lot of stitches and lost some blood but was otherwise OK once the shock wore off, Wozny said. They were joking with the doctor about how he was tying off the stitches, since they know so much about tying fishing line. "He was in good spirits by the end of it," Wozny said.
Daly also said the prosecutor would recover. "He lost a lot of blood but he's going to be OK,” she said.
Reached by phone, the prosecutor declined to talk about the incident.
The teens, about 16 or 17, were described as Hispanic, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall and weighing 150 to 190 pounds, according to police. One of them had long black hair and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and baggy jeans, and the other was wearing a turquoise baseball cap with a zip-up hoodie sweatshirt, police said.
The prosecutor joined the state's attorney's office in 2008 and is assigned to juvenile justice, Daly said.