CHICAGO (CBS) — A 23-year-old man was fatally stabbed late Friday night, after being involved in a verbal dispute with a 30-year-old man inside of a Fulton River District bar.
Police say the victim, Kenneth P. Paterimos, of Chicago, was stabbed multiple times in the arm, back and neck outside.
A knife was recovered outside the bar. But Richard’s Bar in the 400 block of N. Milwaukee is not just any bar.
It has been delivering Rat Pack Vibes since it opened in 1926. The jukebox and old time photos on the walls inside harken to a different time. Loyal patrons inside did not want to talk but said they have been coming to the dive bar for decades.
Richard’s attracts young and old alike and is perhaps one of the only bars in Chicago where patrons can smoke openly.
Paterimos was transported to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A bartender next door said at first they were confused by the sudden chaos.
“Just a few people that came in first, frazzled and talking about what was going on,” Dan Doyle said. “Shortly after that, police showed up.”
Doyle watched in disbelief as police taped off nearly the entire block after the stabbing.
“I’ve been here for a long time,” Doyle said. “Quality guys. I always enjoy myself when I’m in there with them. They’re just class act guys.”
A suspect was taken into custody, and charges are pending, according to police.
This is the fourth homicide in the 12th District so far in 2020. That’s up from two homicides at this time last year.