Chicago police release video of man pushing rider onto Blue Line tracks on Near West Side

The attack occurred Friday as the rider was walking along the edge of the platform at the Medical District stop in the 400 block of South Damen Avenue, police said.

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Surveillance photos of man who pushed another man onto Blue Line tracks on Near West Side last week.

Surveillance video shows a man who pushed another man onto Blue Line tracks on Near West Side last week.

Chicago police

Chicago police have released a video showing a man pushing another man off the platform of a Blue Line station on the Near West Side last week.

The attack occurred at about 7 a.m. Friday as a rider was walking along the edge of the platform at the Medical District stop in the 400 block of South Damen Avenue, police said in an alert.

He passed a man who shoved him onto the tracks, just missing the electrified third rail, police said.

On Saturday, Chicago police and transit officials announced plans to increase security on L and subway trains and platforms after a man was fatally shot on a Red Line train near Chatham.

As of mid-July, 488 attacks had been reported on the transit system — the most since 533 during the same period in 2011, according to a new Chicago Sun-Times analysis.

Anyone with information about Friday’s attack can call Area 3 detectives at (312) 744-8261.

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