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Woman Stabbed To Death On The CTA Red Line Thursday

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Jun 23, 2016 7:05PM

A woman is dead after being stabbed repeatedly on the CTA Red Line Thursday afternoon near the 47th Street station.

The woman was stabbed in the neck around 12:30 p.m. on a southbound train near the 200 block of West 47th Street station, Chicago police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene and one person of interest is in custody, but the "circumstances are unknown."

A witness told CBS that the woman was sitting in a train car seat across from a man who asked her a question, and then got up and began stabbing her after she responded. CBS says the woman collapsed, and the man slit her throat. The woman appeared to be in her late teens or early 20s, according to the Tribune.

The CTA is predicting delays on the Red Line, with trains running on just one track between the Chinatown station and Garfield station, skipping 47th Street. Trains are also only boarding on the Howard-bound side of the platform at Sox-35th station, and shuttle buses are running between Sox-35th and Garfield, according to the CTA's Twitter.

Update, 3:45 p.m.:
The attack was "domestic in nature," Police First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said in a press conference near the station. There were numerous witnesses and the incident was captured by "an extensive network" of CTA video surveillance cameras, he added.

The first responding officer apprehended the suspect. He was present at the press conference but not available for questions because he still needed to interviewed, Escalante said.

The suspect was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital to receive stitches for wounds sustained in the attack.

Red Line trains have resumed stops at 47th. Riders may experience some residual delays.