Convicted felon suspected of ELF hammer attacks and robberies on Chicago transit drivers arrested ‘after hitting 50-year-old commuter in the head’
- Curtis Tyler, 30, charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon for allegedly hitting CTA Red Line passenger in the head with a hammer
- During the hearing, prosecutors linked Tyler to 11 other crimes, including hammer attacks and robberies
- Police are investigating whether Tyler committed four more hammer attacks between July 21 and August 18
- Tyler is a convicted felony with an extensive criminal history dating back to 2007
Curtis Tyler, 30, has been arrested in Chicago for allegedly hitting a 50-year-old train driver in the head with a hammer
A Chicago man has been arrested for allegedly hitting a train passenger in the head with a hammer this week, and is also under investigation in connection with nearly a dozen similar attacks.
Curtis Tyler, 30, was taken into custody just after 6 a.m. Tuesday, less than an hour after police said he hit a 50-year-old man in the head while riding the CTA Red Line train in the 1200 block of North Clark Avenue.
Tyler was jailed on charges of using a deadly weapon, theft and public indecency. He was also charged with having weapons on the train.
The victim, who has not been named, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center to be treated for an injury to his forehead.
CWB Chicago reported that Tyler was found with a hammer at the Belmont Red Line station.
Photos published by the news outlet are said to show the time of Tyler’s arrest and the hammer found at the scene.
Although Chicago police were unable to confirm Tyler’s involvement in other recent hammer attacks in the area on Wednesday, prosecutors said at his hearing this morning that he was charged with no fewer than 11 different violations on trains and buses, including hammer attacks and robberies. , reported CBS-Chicago.
Tyler, a convicted felon, was arrested on August 24 (left), an hour after the attack in which the victim injured his forehead. A hammer would have been recovered on site (right)
Tyler is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal record dating back to at least 2007.
Unnamed sources told CWB Chicago that he was the same man depicted in a community warning issued last week by the Chicago Bureau of Counter-Terrorist Public Transportation.
The alert contained screenshots from three or four different surveillance videos, each showing a man in a black du-rag.
One of the images showed the suspect wearing red sneakers, similar to Tyler’s at the time of his arrest on Tuesday.
A Chicago Police Department spokesman told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that investigators are still looking into Tyler’s possible involvement in four previous hammer attacks on train and bus drivers since July 21. So far, no additional charges have been filed as a result of those other incidents. against him.
The first hammer attack mentioned in the warning is said to have occurred on a bus along Addison Street just before 3:30 p.m. on July 21.
Police are investigating whether Tyler is the same suspect named in this community alert in connection with four other recent hammer attacks
The next incident occurred late morning on August 6 on the Green Line at West Lake Street.
The hammer-wielding attacker struck again on Aug. 13 at the Red Line platform on State Street, followed by a fourth incident just after 2 a.m. on Aug. 18 on the Red Line at West Addison Street.
The community alert made no mention of previous incidents involving a suspect armed with a hammer that occurred in the Chicago neighborhoods of Lakeview and Boystown in mid-July.
During Wednesday’s hearing, a judge set Tyler’s bail at $350,000 and ordered him to be electronically monitored if he paid bail.