CHICAGO (AP) — Four people were stabbed on a Chicago Transit Authority train early Friday after several robbery suspects followed a man onto the train and attacked him before he pulled a knife and fought back, police said.
Chicago police said a 42-year-old man switched from one Red Line CTA train to another about 2 a.m. CDT at the North/Clybourn station when six suspects followed him onto the train, demanded his belongings, and attacked him with a knife and a broken glass bottle.
The man, who pulled out his own knife and fought back, suffered several stab wounds and was hospitalized in serious condition, police said.
Three of the six robbers were hospitalized after also being wounded. Police said a 52-year-old man was in serious condition with a stab wound to the neck, a 36-year-old man was in fair condition with cuts to his arm, and a 24-year-old man was stabilized after suffering a stab wound to the back.
The three other attackers were taken into custody, in addition to the three who were hospitalized, police said.
Chicago fire officials said a fifth person, a CTA employee, was taken to a hospital for observation for “anxiety" followed in incident.
CTA was assisting the Chicago Police Department in its investigation, including sharing video from security cameras. CTA said in a statement that, “This kind of violence is absolutely unacceptable, and we applaud the Chicago Police Department for its quick actions to arrest the suspects."
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