A man was accidentally stabbed in the back by his partner-in-crime as the pair robbed a 70-year-old man early Wednesday morning in a CTA blue line car downtown, police said.
The two approached the older man about 12:30 a.m. inside an O’Hare-bound Blue Line car near the LaSalle Street station, police said. They had followed him from the Kedzie stop on the West Side.
The 24-year-old approached the older man and accused the older man of taking his phone, police said. The older man tried to walk to the other end of the car but they followed him. The two hit him, kicked him in his face while he was on the ground and took his wallet, police said.
One of the assailants tried to stab the man on the ground but accidentally stuck his 24-year-old partner, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a stab wound. Charges are pending against him, police said.
The 70-year-old was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with face wounds, and police said he may have suffered a facial fracture during the beating. The second attacker escaped capture.
Police said the 24-year-old tried shaking out of his hospital bed while in police custody and had to be subdued by police. He’s likely to face charges for spitting on police officers, authorities said.