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Man Stabbed Stranger At North Avenue Beach In Attempted Murder: Prosecutors

By Mae Rice in News on Jun 15, 2017 9:42PM

A man has been charged with felony aggravated battery and felony attempted murder for stabbing another man at North Avenue beach on Tuesday evening. Prosecutors said that Pablo Sosa, 35, had never met his victim, and stabbed him nine times with two knives, according to the Tribune.

Sosa, of the 900 block of West Winona, was taken into custody at 1 a.m. on Wednesday. He'll be held in lieu of $750,000 bond for the stabbing, which took place at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday in the 1600 block of Lake Shore Drive, according to police.

Prosecutors reportedly said Sosa on Tuesday night approached his victim and started a fistfight, then stabbed him repeatedly, causing injuries that included a punctured lung.

Sosa tried to flee on a bicycle after the stabbing, but a bystander intervened and stabbed Sosa with the jagged edge of a bottle to help apprehend him, prosecutors said, according to reports. Sosa was stabbed in the face knee and wrist.

Both men were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Sosa was taken into custody at the hospital, the Sun-Times reports; the Tribune reports that he missed his Thursday hearing because he was still in the hospital.

Initial police reports said that Sosa and his victim were involved in a domestic dispute, but the prosecutors' version of events contradicts that.

[H/T the Tribune]