From Fox 32 Chicago:
Seven people have been charged after a man who refused to flash a gang sign was attacked with a machete Monday morning at a Brown Line station in the Northwest Side Albany Park neighborhood.The victim is being cared at a nearby hospital--his condition has been stabilized, but the man's wound is over six inches long and his treatment required more than 30 stitches. As for the attack, ABC 7 Chicago is reporting that it only ended when a train arrived at the station--which doesn't happen too often after midnight on the Brown Line.
The attack happened about 12:35 a.m. Monday at the Kedzie station in the 4600 block of North Kedzie Avenue, when a group of suspects went up to two men, ages 17 and 26, and told them to flash gang signs, authorities said.
The men refused, saying they were not in a gang, police said.
Mario Elvira, 18, then pulled out a "cutting instrument" and struck the 26-year-old in the head, leaving him with cuts to his head and neck, police said. A source said the weapon was a machete.
At least four of the accused were charged with trespassing on the Brown Line platform--which means they didn't pay their fare. Jumping the turnstiles is a big problem for the Chicago Transit Authority and this incident is evidence of the soundness of the "broken windows" approach to combating crime.