Cabbie becomes hero in Lakeview attack

Wed. August 5, 2009 12:00 AM by News Staff

Chicago, IL - A Chicago cab driver becomes the hero in an attack on a man Wednesday morning in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Abdinasir Kahin was driving west on Fletcher Street when a fight spilled onto the street in front of him. The cabbie then jumped out of his taxi, bearhugged the fleeing robbery suspect and held on until police arrived to make the arrest, authorities said.

A male pickpocket--dressed as a woman, wearing makeup and carrying a purse--stole the wallet of an Irish national, who then ran after the thief and an accomplice. When he caught up, one of them started beating him with a length of chain down the street at Sheffield Avenue and Fletcher.

Chicago Police Officers Tim O'Brien and Ray Calderon were on routine patrol when they quickly nabbed one of the fleeing male suspects, but the other eluded them and ran. That suspect, who was carrying the purse, tried to return to the crime scene to retrieve it.

That's when O'Brien gave chase, and when Kahin helped out.

"I jumped out of car and then ran towards him, and I grabbed him by the chest and he also grabbed me by my chest," said Kahin, 40, of Rogers Park.

At 230 pounds, Kahin said he had a good grip on the suspect as the two bearhugged. They struggled for a while, but Kahin said he refused to let go until police arrested the suspect. He said it seemed as if he held on for about five minutes.

No charges have yet been filed against the 17 and 18-year-old suspects as of this afternoon.

The victim was in good condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he needed six staples in his head for minor injuries. contributed to this report.