Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Man Charged With Pushing Stranger Onto Blue Line Tracks

Estep (inset) was captured on CTA surveillance cameras moments before the attack, police said. | Chicago Police
A 34-year-old man who recently received his doctorate in neuroscience from Northwestern University is accused of intentionally pushing a complete stranger off of a Loop CTA platform in August and threatening the victim as he tried to off of the tracks.

Chad Estep of Wicker Park is charged with one felony count of first degree attempted murder, one felony count of aggravated battery in a public place, and misdemeanor trespassing on CTA property. A judge set his bail at $200,000 this afternoon.

Estep was arrested at his home Monday evening after being positively identified as the man who pushed a 46-year-old male victim onto the Washington Blue Line tracks around 11:30 p.m. on August 1.

The victim told the Chicago Tribune that he landed just short of the electrified third rail. When he turned around to get back onto the platform, he saw Estes standing over him “like a lion looking at his prey.”

Estep was identified by several people, and cellular records showed his phone was in the Washington CTA station at the time of the attack, according to prosecutors.

Police said that there was no evidence that the two men knew each other before the incident.
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16 comments:

  1. What the hell is it with the murderous brainiacs at Northwestern?

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    1. The undergrads are OK, but when I see a Northwestern PhD on the sidewalk I cross the street.

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  2. $200k bond for Attempt murder. Thanks foxx for taking murder so seriously. NOT

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  3. Sociopath Northwestern Students ??? Why I'm shocked. Just shocked.

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  4. He was trying to test theory of electrical stimulation to the brain core in an uncontrolled environment.

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  5. The judge sets the bond, not Foxx.

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    1. BUT the prosecutor recommends the bond and judges very, very, very rarely exceed the state's request. Virtually never in Cook County.

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    2. Trust me , FoXx is NOT a Friend of the police or victims. She only fights for lower bonds and small sentences. Anyone with a brain knows she mistakenly ran for the wrong office, she should be director of public defenders office Worst ASA I've seen here in cook county in history

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  6. Check dude's basement for bodies, high creep o meter rating for this guy.

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  7. There's very obviously more to this story too.

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  8. "recently received his doctorate in neuroscience" Intelligence and Wisdom are two separate stats on the character sheet.

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  9. a sick murderer you will see this person in te news again

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  10. Definitely a strange and dangerous fellow. Lock him up.

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  11. Why not misdemeanor battery like the guy got for stabbing a man and collapsing his lung?

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  12. Its nice to know that of this minute, this psychopath alleged attempt murderer which was caught after anonymous tips turned him in, is now free on bond!!!!!!!! He is walking around free right at this minute. Push a man on to the CTA train almost hitting the electrified rail, possibly a train could of came and cut him in pieces, and then refused to let him back onto platform, and here in Corrupt Cook County, the Judge and States Attorney Kim Foxx think its appropriate to allow this lunatic doctoral student is sane enough to be let free in society awaiting trial. Could you imagine if this man kills someone while free as a bird this week? I would expect, beg, and demand the Judge and States Attorney to be brought up on Felony charges if this happens. And we all wonder why life is not respected and criminals continue to do what they do in this city!

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