Alderman "Extremely Concerned" About Boystown Violence

Man was beaten, kicked and stabbed near Halsted and Aldine on Sunday night

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    A growing segment of Boystown residents are speaking out about increased violence in the neighborhood.

    The spate of violence in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood has the alderman there expressing "extreme" concern.

    In a post on his office’s website, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said safety is his "top concern" and that "Halsted is one of the priority streets for late night attention."

    He urged residents to remain vigilant and to contact authorities whenever they see suspicious or illegal activity.

    His remarks come two days after video posted to the Internet showed a man being punched and kicked by nearly a dozen people. While it’s not clear in the video, the man was also stabbed in the attack near North Hasted Street and West Aldine Avenue.

    The victim was treated and released from the hospital and has since been interviewed by police, who called the incident "isolated."

    Two weeks earlier, another man was stabbed in the 3400 block of North Halsted. An arrest has been made in that case, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

    Residents have responded by creating a Facebook page called "Take Back Boystown."

    Tunney said police are working to put more foot, bicycle and tactical officers on the beat. A CAPS meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the 23rd District station, at 850 W. Addison.