Person of interest in custody in pistol-whipping Blue Line attacks, police say

Officers took a male into custody and allegedly recovered an airsoft gun in his backpack, Chicago police said Friday.

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A person of interest is being questioned in connection with two pistol-whipping attacks on the CTA Blue Line this week.

Officers took a male into custody and allegedly recovered an airsoft gun in his backpack, Chicago police said Friday. Further information was not immediately released.

The latest attack happened Wednesday morning on a Blue Line train on the Northwest Side.

About 9 a.m., a 39-year-old woman was on a northbound train in the 1900 block of North Western Avenue when a male approached her and hit her in the head and arm with a gun, police said. The woman was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in good condition.

Police said a similar attack happened on a platform of the Blue Line Clinton stop on Monday. Surveillance images of a suspect wanted in connection with both attacks were released Wednesday.

Charges are pending.

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