Man Wanted For Beating Couple On New Year’s

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are searching for a man who attacked and brutally beat a couple as they got out of a cab in the bustling Lincoln Park neighborhood in the wee hours of New Year’s Day.

The man and woman were getting out of a taxi in the 2500 block of North Halsted Street in the early morning hours Jan. 1, when a man they didn’t know tried to engage them in conversation, police said.

Moments later, without provocation, the strange man hit the woman. She fell to the ground, and suffered serious injuries to the areas around her mouth and jaw.

As the man who was with the woman tried to help her, the assailant hit him in the face several times, causing lacerations to his mouth.

The cab driver witnessed the attack, and rolled down his driver’s side window and began yelling at the assailant. The assailant then punched the cab driver.

The assailant then fled the scene and ran west on Wrightwood Avenue. He has not been seen since.

The attacker is described as an African-American male, between the ages of 30 and 35, standing 6 feet 2 to 6 feet 5 inches tall, clean shaven, with short black hair and a medium complexion. Police have also released a sketch of the assailant.

The stretch of Halsted Street where the attack happened is just to the north of DePaul University, and is busy with auto and foot traffic well into the wee hours every day with taverns such as Goodbar, 24-hour restaurants, and the blues clubs B.L.U.E.S. and Kingston Mines.

Anyone who can help police find the assailant is asked to call Belmont Area Detectives at (312) 744-8261, or 911.

  • El Puto!

    Hate crime…

  • citizen kane

    black on white crime? no way

  • Nancy

    This is frightening. This animal needs to be caught. What a terrible way for that couple to begin the new year! I really hope the police can find this horrible person.

  • Dave

    Switch the races, and imagine the reactions in the media and city hall.

  • nick

    why is it always a brother?

  • Victim

    First off, thank you For posting this community alert. I can rest in some peace knowing that this might prevent someone getting hurt in the future.

    Secondly, I am truly disappointed by some these remarks above. Never in this article did they say what colored skin I am in the article yet that is all these few individuals want to comment on. Not the fact that there is a person lose in our neighborhood that is out to injury people for either pure pleasure or in attempt of robbery. Wow, I am truly disappointed. Good luck in your 2011 gentlemen. You will need it more than me.

    • Response

      I know, the tough part is you may live down the street from or, walk past some of these bloggers on a daily.

  • YAWN

    Just another street mutt , we’ll be reading about him being shot ,stabbed or locked up,in 2011

  • Yawn

    Just another street mutt.We’ll be reading about him being shot,stabbed,or locked up in 2011.

  • Sorry

    What’s scarey is how COMPLACENT everyone has become ! Does it only outrage you when it happens to someone you know or care about? The system is broke. How much does a human life go for these days? We should all be outraged, sad, and concerned because this happened to another human being. If we become detached and indifferent to what is happening around us , we are surely in the downward spiral to our own demise. We need to care that this happened to anyone, anywhere. We are so quickly heading back to becoming a completely UNCIVILIZED society. I’m sorry this happened to you and get well. Sincerely, Someone who still cares .

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