Seven Chicago residents were arrested and charged in connection with a terrifying machete attack caught on surveillance video at a train station recently.
A 26-year-old man and his 17-year-old brother were seated on the train platform around midnight on Monday as they waited for their train. Suddenly, a group of seven people entered the Brown Line Kedzie Chicago Transit Authority station and approached the two.
According to police, the group asked the brothers to flash a gang sign, but the brothers refused and claimed they weren’t associated with a gang.
The group closes in on the brothers in the video, and one member takes the younger brother’s baseball cap. When the older brother goes to defend the younger, one member of the group, identified as Mario Elvira, 18, pulls out a machete and strikes the older brother several times.
When the train arrives, the group scatters. According to one source, the attack may have lasted longer had the train not arrived when it did.
The 26-year-old is currently being hospitalized, but has remained in stable condition. He suffered a 6-inch long, 1.5 inch deep head gash – the wound took 30 stitches to close.
Elvira, 23-year-old Jean Salvatierra, 19-year-old Kevin Ramirez, 20-year-old Kevar Preston and three teenagers were arrested by police following the attack.
All seven suspects appeared in court on Tuesday and are expected to return on September 15. Elvira and Preston are being held on $450,000 bond, along with Salvatierra and Ramirez who are being held on $250,000 bond. The four were charged with felony counts of robbery, aggravated battery with great bodily harm and trespassing on CTA property.
The teenagers were also charged with trespassing on CTA property.