Police: Panhandler Attacked Man At Belmont ‘L’ Stop

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police say a panhandler over the weekend followed a man off an ‘L’ train at the busy Belmont stop, then attacked the man and knocked him to the ground for giving him a mere $2.

Timothy Anderson, 30, was panhandling on an ‘L’ train just after 6 p.m. Sunday near the Belmont Red-Brown-Purple Line stop, police said.

The 32-year-old victim gave Anderson a couple of dollars, then got off the train, police said.

But Anderson was not happy that the man had given him only $2, police said. So he followed the man out onto the platform at the Belmont stop and punched him in the head, causing the victim to strike his head on the ground, police said.

Police were called, and several bystanders chase the panhandler down. Anderson was caught by police a few blocks away in the 3100 block of North Clark Street.

The victim, who was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for a cut to the head and other facial injuries, positively identified Anderson as the man who got money from him, then punched him, police said.

Anderson, 30, of the 3200 block of West Fulton Street, was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery, police said. He was scheduled to appear in court later Tuesday.

Panhandling is not allowed on CTA trains. A recorded message that plays on every ‘L’ line reminds passengers that violating this rule is grounds for arrest in itself.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Hamburglar

    Never talk to or give money to a panhandler. Come by lower & upper Wacker downtown late at night and you can see what they spend their money on. Drunk and cracked out.

  • Mayor McCheese

    While it’s irritating to be panhandled, the violent ones are clearly not the norm. In this economy, expect to see more of them, and just pray you don’t become one.

    • NWA

      That’s the shtick Mayor McCheese, work hard, knock on wood, cross your fingers on both hands, and then pray you don’t become homeless.


      • wwa

        @NWA – you’re not even fun to laugh at anymore… just like an ol’ buzzy mosquito. step it up, yo!


  • DJ

    He’s lucky that he got anything. He should go to jail and then have to pay a fine.

  • elliott marks

    A punch in the head for 2 bucks?
    How much for a kick in the nuts?
    In fact, they should print out a menu so that we all know the going rate.

  • isyouwoke

    Idiot deserved a punch in the head, maybe stabbed and robbed of his wallet, watch, ring, iphone. etc.. Don’t give panhandlers ANYTHING. Make eye contact, don’t stop. What do you think they buy with the money? Crack, Heroin, beer, liquor, smokes and lastly food. A fifth of cheap brandy or vodka is only $3.99, crack/heroin is $10/bag. You people then call 911 when the same panhandler is drunk or high, asleep on the sidewalk in front of your condo.

  • Gabe

    Funnyboy your so easily amused . I just don’t see the humor. nwa is a lamed ass. 30yearold panhandling ? And yes you could catch a buzz and a smoke with 2 dollas. Get a 3/11 and a loosey . And the guy did deserve it for contributing to crime. Yes his contributing ! If you really need help go to a church or a homeless shelter. Good people in real need do not panhandle or beg. They volunteer or help other people in need. DONT TELL ME BEEN THERE DONE THAT! These guys on the street are just plain born loosers.


    Another Black on white crime,happens alot these days WHY?

    • Rational Man

      Lemme guess why you think… Obama? Okay, you keep thinking that.

      Meanwhile rational people wouldn’t think that “Black on white crime” has increased, because it hasn’t.

      Why did you capitalize “black” but not “white?”

      • Jim Hamilton

        I don’t see any mention of increase in his comment.

  • Obvious

    Let me get this straight….

    A man got accosted on a CTA platform by a BLACK man?????

    Next they’re going to tell us fruit grows on trees, or humans need air to breathe.

  • Jim Hamilton

    How dare this lakeview man get away with only leaving 2 dollars, therefore inciting a riot on a public train poor poor Timothy. Hey man you got an extra 5 spot my old lady needs some sanitaries?

    • Jim Hamilton

      Oh yeah and i don’t wanna get a job with any health care coz they would probably want me to give up panhandling for tax free dollars. Hey you got a ten or 20 on ya?

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