Saturday, January 20, 2018

Man Charged With Setting Fire On CTA Train

An Irving Park man used paint thinner to set himself, a book bag, and train seats on fire aboard a Red Line train at the Argyle CTA station, prosecutors said today.

Ferguson in a December mugshot | CPD
Judge Stephanie Miller ordered 28-year-old David M. Ferguson held without bail.

One passenger was splashed with paint thinner, a police officer’s pants leg was set ablaze, and a CTA conductor suffered smoke-related injuries during the incident which unfolded in the fourth car of a southbound train around 5:20 p.m. Thursday, according to police and court records.

Ferguson remains hospitalized with third-degree burns.

He is charged with aggravated arson, aggravated battery in a public place, and aggravated battery to a police officer.

Police records show that Ferguson had been arrested twice in the month leading up to the fire.

On December 15, he was arrested at the Roosevelt Red Line station and charged with battery. Ferguson was arrested at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on December 27 and charged with assault. The statuses of those two cases were not immediately available on Saturday.
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