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Man Arrested After Dousing Woman With A Liquid On Red Line Train, Then Starting Two Fires

A man was arrested at the Argyle red line station after dousing a woman with an unknown liquid then starting a fire on the train and platform.

The incident, which happened Thursday at 5:20 p.m. on a southbound train, began after a man doused a 26-year-old woman who was riding across from him with an unknown liquid. At the next stop, the passengers on that train moved to another car where they alerted the CTA operator about the situation. He immediately locked down all the cars except the one that the suspect was in.

The man then started a fire on one of the train seats, however the CTA operator ran to the scene with a fire extinguisher, putting out the blaze.

Chicago police and fire department responded quickly, where they found a book bag ablaze on the platform. The second fire was quickly put out and the man was apprehended by the officers.

Alderman Harry Osterman of the 48th Ward put out a statement saying, “I want to thank the Chicago Transit Authority train operator for quick action, locking down the train cars to protect other riders from this individual and rushing in to put out the fire started on the car with a fire extinguisher. I also want to thank the quick response from Chicago Police Department in apprehending the suspect and Chicago Fire Department for securing and containing a book bag on fire on the platform. It’s important to be aware of our surroundings at all times.”

A CTA  employee suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with minor injuries. The suspect was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital while in custody.

 


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