Man Broke CTA Rider's Nose After Being Asked Not to Smoke on Train, Police Search for Suspect

Chicago police are searching for a man accused of attacking a rider on a Chicago Transit Authority Orange Line train over a cigarette last month.

The attack happened around 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 29, when the victim asked another rider not to smoke on the train. That’s when authorities say the man broke the victim’s nose and orbital bone.

The victim reported the incident to police at the State and Wabash station and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Two weeks after the attack, Chicago police issued a community alert in hopes someone might recognize the man accused in the beating.

Chicago Police Department

“You never know who is going to be on the train with you,” said rider Felix Gatica. “It’s unfortunate that it happened. It is definitely not something that is a common occurrence.”

The man is described as being between 30-40 years old. He was wearing a dark knit cap, a dark puffy coat, blue jeans with rips and tan boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call (312) 747-8380.

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