Ax-wielding man attacks CTA driver on bus, walks away

An ax-wielding man shattered the shield protecting the driver on a CTA bus Saturday, and then turned and calmly walked off the bus. He disappeared and was not found.

The man bought the ax just minutes before at Chicago Coast True Value Hardware on Western Avenue, according to a DNAinfo Chicago report. The man boarded a 49A Western bus at Lunt, wreaked his havoc and then walked away.

“He just casually walked away,” said one woman who didn’t want to be named. “He didn’t run from the scene. … It was pretty creepy. I have to say that.”

This is very creepy indeed. I’m glad no one got hurt in what could have been a very dangerous situation.

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  • So much for the shield being a deterrent. Are there that many timber sports competitions in West Ridge?

  • In reply to jack:

    I disagree Jack. It appears the shield saved the driver's life, even if it didn't deter the attacker from chopping.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    You didn't establish how badly he shattered the the shield, and that he couldn't have continued if he put a little more effort into the enterprise, if his intent were to attack the driver. Maybe the shield gave the driver a minute more to hit the panic button, but that wasn't established, either.

    I brought up the lumberjack challenge because some of the lumberjacks can cut through a log in 30 seconds, and others can't do it at all.

    But, as I said, was there an announcement that there would be a timbersports competition at Western and Lunt?

  • Did the surveillance camera on the bus get this guy on video? He needs to be caught and arrested.

  • Scary to think that the only thing that saved the driver was that the nut job decided to walk away. I disagree with your assessment, Kevin. The shield may have slowed the attacker down, but once the shield shattered, the driver was left undefended.

    Of course, since Illinois bans concealed carry on public transportation, there would have been no good-guys there to help the driver had the kook had other ideas. Gee, I certainly feel safe knowing the bad guys aren't allowed to have guns and axes on the buses.

  • Venting about Ventra.....DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to Craig Jackson:

    Are you saying that the perp was attempting to smash the Ventra reader, but missed, and hit the driver's shield?

    OK, I can see that.

  • In reply to SpinyNorman:

    Looks like he could have done that in 1 or 2 swings.

  • This is so bizarre.

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