(CBS) – He jumped in to try and help a woman getting attacked on the CTA Red Line.
His quick thinking led to an arrest, but he is also paying a price. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports.READ MORE: Employee At FOUND Hotel In River North Accused Of Stabbing Man, Going Into Rage, Leaving Guests In Terror
Marvin Smith was on his way to work in December when he saw a disturbance on the train he was riding.
A teenage boy and an adult woman were arguing.
“Everyone started covering their faces, people started coughing,” Smith says.
Police say the 16-year-old got physical with the woman, 23, and she pepper-sprayed him.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
When the teen tried running for the exit at North and Clybourn, Smith stepped in. He got pushed into a wall and nearly blacked out.
“I had a brain bleed. I had facial fractures I’ve had some teeth fractures,” Smith tells De Mar.
The teen was caught and charged with two counts of aggravated battery.
Smith, meantime, has a long road to recovery and dental bills are adding up fast. A Go Fund Me page has been started to help with some of the costs.MORE NEWS: Hundreds Of Cars Roll Through Downtown For Second Night To Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
He says regardless, he doesn’t regret getting involved.