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Man attacked at East Chicago South Shore station

Surveillance phosuspect attempted murder autheft East Chicago South Shore Station. | phoprovided

Surveillance photo of suspect in attempted murder and auto theft at East Chicago South Shore Station. | photo provided

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Updated: November 27, 2012 8:58AM



A man suffered injuries to his neck and hand after an attempted murder, armed robbery and auto theft at the South Shore Station in East Chicago.

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Police Chief Robert Byrd said the victim had parked his silver 2005 Honda Accord at 5:42 p.m. and went to use the station’s washroom while waiting for his wife to deboard the train when a man followed him. Once in, the second man came at the first from behind with a knife and cut this throat.

The victim then threw down his keys, wallet and cell phone, and attempted to leave the washroom, but the assailant then stabbed him in his hand. The victim did escape.

“Reviewing the video, we see the suspect running after him,” Byrd said. “It also shows he was at the station for a time prior to the attack.”

Witnesses said the suspect stole the victim’s vehicle — with Illinois license plate H713340 — and fled north on Indianapolis Boulevard into East Chicago. The suspect is described as a black male wearing dark clothing and carrying a green cloth shopping style bag with white letters on the bag.

Byrd said the incident appeared completely random and that it happened just steps from his office, but witnesses called 911, and East Chicago Police responded.

The victim was transported to St. Catherine Hospital by ambulance and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Byrd said.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or the location of the stolen vehicle is asked to call the NICTD Transit Police at (219) 398-6000.



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