Sunday, June 23, 2013

STABBING, WILDING AT BELMONT L: 3rd & 4th Stabbings of the Weekend; 5th Known June Wilding

Editors' Note: Please see our exclusive report regarding the circumstances surrounding this incident and how a lack of police manpower may have led to these two young men being beaten and stabbed in a mob attack.

NBC Chicago is reporting that two men were stabbed during a wilding incident near the Belmont Redline, 945 W. Belmont, around 5 o'clock this morning.  The Chicago Tribune also reports two victims were stabbed in the incident.

CBS2's earlier report says that a crowd of 30 people began attacking two men with fists, feet, and a broken bottle. The victims were  reportedly stabbed in the face and/or eye with a broken bottle, according to CBS2. Another man was stabbed within 100 yards of this morning's attack at about the same time Saturday morning. CWB filed an exclusive report of that attack yesterday morning.

On Monday, Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown revealed its exclusive report showing that violent attacks have risen significantly in our area while the city claimed a massive decrease in such crimes. Our report singled out stabbings as the type of attack that is growing most alarmingly.

And as CWB reported first, three hours before this morning's Belmont attack, another man was critically wounded when an unknown attacker stabbed the victim repeatedly in the head and neck near Broadway and Sheridan, just one block north of the "unrelated" Pridefest tents.

Today's Belmont L attack is at least the sixth mob attack in Wrigleyville and Boystown since May 31. The incident is classified as an aggravated battery with a knife/cutting instrument under Chicago Police Department case #HW331319.

UPDATED 23 JUNE 2013: Added NBC Chicago link, reconstructed first two paragraphs for clarity.

UPDATED 24 JUNE 2013: Changed headline to reflect weekend stabbing total vs. only Sunday's total.

UPDATED 24 JUNE 2013: Added Editors' Note regarding exclusive report.

UPDATED 26 JUNE 2013: Charges have been filed in the attack.

UPDATED 1 JULY 2013: Added case number and classification info.