by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

August 25, 2021

CHICAGO — A Chicago man is facing multiple charges in connection with a hammer attack on a CTA Red Line train on the city’s Near North Side on Tuesday.

Curtis Tyler, 30, is accused of hitting a 50-year-old man in the head with a hammer on a CTA train near the Clark/Division station in the 1200 block of North Clark Street around 5 a.m. Tuesday.  According to Chicago police, the victim was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized.

Tyler was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, theft of lost property, carrying a weapon on the CTA, and public indecency.  CPD said he was arrested less than an hour after the attack in the 900 block of West Belmont Avenue.

CTA has seen a rise in attacks this year including slashings, assaults, and robberies.  The hammer attack on CTA property on Tuesday was the fifth this summer, prompting police to issue an alert last week.