CHICAGO (CBS) – In less than 24 hours, several two violent attacks were registered on the red line of the CTA, and two of them took place only half a mile apart.
On Tuesday night, the well-known victim of one of the attacks spoke exclusively with CBS 2 political investigator Dana Kozlov.
The attack took place Monday night at the Addison Street Red Line stop near Wrigley Field. The victim was actor Will Klinger – former host of WTTW-Channel 11 “Wild Chicago” and current host of “Wild Travel”.
Klinger remained in intensive care after the attack on Tuesday night. He said he had never seen it.
Police were called on Monday around 9pm as the 64-year-old Klinger lay unconscious on the platform of the Red Line Addison bus stop.
“I was definitely surprised, Dana, very much,” Klinger said.
On Tuesday night, Klinger shared a picture of himself in the hospital and talked to Kozlov on the phone – waiting for the second CT scan after a blow to the head.
He said he ran after the couple, who suddenly reached out and grabbed his phone as he boarded the train. They ran away when Addison’s door opened and he ran after them.
“Probably next to the other door was another guy who got out and pushed me with a pipe or something while I was chasing, because all I remember is running and suddenly falling – and I don’t even remember hitting the sidewalk,” Said Klinger.
This is the last thing he remembers before waking up in the hospital with bleeding and a brain contusion.
Klinger hosted the popular show “Wild Chicago” on Channel 11 for about 11 years, taking over from the original host Ben Hollis in 1992 and continuing until 2003, along with a team of local actors who acted as “Wild Correspondents”.
A few hours earlier Monday at 4:40 a.m. there was another brutal attack on the Red Line, just a stop in the south. Chicago police have released a report of a suspect who stabbed and robbed a 44-year-old man on a train at Belmont station early Monday morning.
“We have people who feel they can do whatever they want and get away with it,” said 308 United Union President and Business Agent Eric Dixon Tare Moline of CBS 2.
Dixon responded to concerns about violence in the Chicago Transit Service and to information obtained by CBS 2 by police suspended the investigation in five other violent CTA attacks.
“Apparently it’s scary in the CTA,” Klinger said.
Klinger said he would be more careful with his phone at night, but believes the CTA needs to be stepped up.
Klinger emphasizes that you should not do what he did and persecute someone if they steal from you. He was expected to be discharged from the hospital in the next few hours as of 22:00 on Tuesday.