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Chicago Train Passenger Swung From Handrail to Kick Elderly Woman, 79, in the Face, Police Say

A suspect has been charged with aggravated battery after allegedly kicking an elderly victim in the face while riding a train in Chicago, local media reported.

Jerrel Turner, 34, was booked on a $10,000 bond by the Cook County Sheriff's Office on January 15, according to inmate records posted online. CBS Chicago reported yesterday that the incident occurred around 11:15 a.m. two days prior, close to Bryn Mawr station.

The 79-year-old victim was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital. CBS Chicago, citing local outlet Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown Chicago, reported the suspect was not provoked.

According to CWB Chicago, citing prosecutors, multiple witnesses said Turner swung from an overhead handrail before striking the woman. The suspect, of Englewood, exited at Bryn Mawr. Two witnesses confirmed the attack while the victim positively identified Turner, it noted.

A passenger on the same Red Line train journey followed the suspect as she the scene and told police what had occurred. The victim allegedly lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

The suspect’s mugshot was available online via the Cook County Jail inmate roster.

The victim, who remained unnamed, had blunt trauma to her forehead, cops said. The Cook County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to a request for more information. Turner’s next court date is currently scheduled for February 1 in Skokie, a village in Cook County, Illinois, records showed.

Earlier this month in Chicago, a man who attempted to rob a woman while she was waiting for public transport was killed after the intended victim pulled out her own firearm and shot him. The suspect, 19, had fled the scene but was later found dead.

Late last year in Chicago, a man was charged with cruelty to animals after being accused of hurling his partner’s dogs from a second-floor balcony following a violent altercation. As reported at the time, 51-year-old Jerald Jeske was detained by cops after deputies found one dead Chihuahua at the location of the incident. He faced up to three years in jail and a fine.

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