CTA crime on Red Line, other trains, buses: More riders getting attacked, like Dan Beam, who fought off robbers on Chicago’s North Side

Dan Beam, 42, on the CTA Red Line platform at the North/Clybourn station. Beam fought back when he was attacked during an attempted robbery on the L on July 22. He stabbed three of his attackers before jumping from the train to safety and calling for help. Five people have been arrested on felony charges for attacking him.

Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times

Dan Beam had a bad feeling about the two men who crossed into his car on the CTA’s Red Line one day last month.

They sized him up. Then, one of them grabbed his cellphone.

That set off a melee involving knives and bottles that brought into sharp focus the sharp rise in violent crime on the CTA’s L and subway trains and buses — and the city’s struggling efforts to contain it.

Beam, 42, fought back and eventually got away, and his attackers were arrested.

But not before he was kicked in the face, stabbed in the collar bone and cracked over the head with bottles as he fended off the two men he was wary of and four others he and the police say also took part in the attack July 22.

It spilled onto another train car and the platform of the North/Clybourn station, with Beam knifing three of his attackers before jumping from the train and calling for help.

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“There’s no doubt that I was victimized regardless of how the fight went [and] that I might have gotten a couple shots in,” Beam says. “It’s a traumatic experience. I can’t imagine other people who aren’t as aware or vigilant or prepared as I am being in that type of situation.”

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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