A 911 caller reported seeing the victim “stabbed and laid out” in the 300 block of W. Surf Street at 2:35PM. Officers found the victim in the emergency room at Presence St. Joseph Hospital, which is located nearby.
During interviews with officers, the victim and witnesses reported that the stabbing took place minutes earlier near the intersection of Broadway and Melrose. Police were unable to find a knife or blood stains at the intersection. The victim was listed in good condition.
According to witnesses, the attacker is a 20- to 25-year-old man dressed as a woman, standing about 5’8” tall and weighing about 120 pounds. The offender has long brown hair and wore a dark jacket, gray sweatpants with a pink stripe down the side, and black boots.
The stabbing was one of several possibly-related reports of trouble in Boystown during a one-hour period yesterday.
• At 1:30PM, a woman called 911 to report that someone pulled a knife on her at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. The offender was described as having long hair and wearing a red hat with a black top and black pants. Responding police were unable to locate the caller.
• At 2:27PM, an officer on patrol was flagged down at Halsted and Aldine by a citizen who believed that they had just seen a person getting mugged or knocked out on the street. Everyone involved was last seen heading eastbound toward Broadway in a black vehicle. The officer was unable to find the vehicle or anyone in distress.
• At 2:30PM, a UPS driver and a second person reported seeing a woman being attacked on the street outside of the Unabridged Bookstore near Broadway and Melrose. The callers reported that several people jumped out of a dark vehicle and beat a woman on the street. The group then got back into the vehicle and fled. Officers were again unable to find a victim.