Man stabbed in throat after refusing to hand over spare change on Chicago’s Gold Coast

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Mar. 31 2021, Updated 4:17 p.m. ET

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An Illinois man was stabbed after he rebuffed his alleged attacker’s demands to hand over spare change, authorities said.

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According to the Chicago Police Department, Alaxstair Reed, 39, approached the man on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago around 4:45 p.m. March 28. 

Reed allegedly demanded the man’s personal property but was refused. He then asked for change but was again denied. 

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The 52-year-old man tried to walk away, so Reed allegedly pulled out a sharp object and stabbed him in the throat, police said, according to WGN-TV. 


An officer stopped the wound from bleeding by using a quick-clot kit, the television station reported.

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The stabbing victim, who was with his 15-year-old son at the time of the alleged Gold Coast attack, was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for surgery and is in serious condition. 

Reed was found 10 minutes and a few blocks away from the crime scene and taken into custody.

He faces one count each of felony first-degree attempted murder and felony aggravated battery/great bodily harm.


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