Second Man Charged in Fatal Loop Stabbing

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

February 3, 2023

CHICAGO – A second man has been charged in the fatal stabbing in the Loop last September.

Chicago police said 25-year-old Darnell Rawls, of Rosemoor, allegedly took part in the robbery and stabbing of 41-year-old Michael Byrnes who was on his way home on September 6 in the 400 block of South LaSalle Street.

Darnell Rawls Photo: Chicago Police

A week after the robbery and stabbing, 28-year-old Anthony Rawls Jr. was arrested and charged with the murder.  Darnell Rawls was later identified as the second assailant.

According to surveillance video, two suspects approached Byrnes and began hitting him in the face and chest.  After knocking Byrnes to the ground the two walked away only to return to continue the attack.  It is alleged that Anthony Rawls pinned Byrnes to a pillar at the station while Darnell Rawls stabbed him in the upper torso.  Byrnes was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Darnell Rawls was arrested Thursday after being extradited from Louisville.  Rawls has been charged with first degree murder, murder by forcible felony, and armed robbery.