3 stabbed in 2 separate weekend attacks in Lakeview

Mon. June 24, 2013 11:13 AM by GoPride.com News Staff

Attacks happened outside of Chicago Pride Fest location and hours

Chicago, IL - Three men were seriously, if not critically, injured in two separate attacks in Lakeview early Sunday morning.

First, a man believed to be in his 30s was stabbed twice in the back of the head near Sheridan and Pine Grove around 2 a.m. Sunday. The man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition. No one is in custody and a description of an offender was not available because the victim was not cooperating with police, according to Windy City Times.

Robert Mitchell, who is known as Cyon Flare in Chicago's LGBT community, did not witness the stabbing but found the man staggering down the sidewalk near 3829 N. Broadway.

"I felt helpless," Mitchell told ChicagoPride.com. "He was bleeding profusely."

Three hours later at around 5 a.m., a large group of people attacked two men, ages 21 and 25, with bottles when one of their phones was taken, according to a report by Lakeview Patch. The group chased one of them into an alley where he was stabbed in the face.

Both were taken to Advocate in serious condition for treatment while police took three people into custody for the attack.

The two incidents happened several blocks from the Boystown neighborhood and appeared to be unrelated to Chicago Pride Fest, which closed at 10 p.m. on Saturday. Organizers said there were no incidents reported over the weekend during the festival.

"The Pride Fest area was closed," said Mitchell, who described an unruly late night crowd - with multiple fights - on Halsted from Belmont to Addison after festival hours. "The Northalsted Business Alliance does a very good job making sure security is there for anyone who gets out of line."