Gary Coleman Charged With Punching a 66-Year-Old Woman in Chicago
A Chicago man was charged with four felonies after an incident involving him punching a 66-year-old woman at the Chicago Transit Authority Green Line station.
Chicago Police say Gary Coleman was arrested on four battery charges:
- Aggravated Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm
- Aggravated Battery in a Public Place
- Aggravated Battery Involving a Victim Who is At Least 60 Years of Age
- Aggravated Battery on a Transit Employee
The victim and her daughter had just picked up their runner packets for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, according to the Chicago Tribune. As they waited for the train to come, the victim's daughter noticed Coleman was talking to himself in "angry tones," according to the paper.
After Coleman passed the two, the daughter said she turned just in time to see her mother “in midair falling on the tracks below,” according to Assistant State’s Attorney John Chambers.
Chicago Transit Authority surveillance captured video of Coleman punching the victim, knocking her to the tracks. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was treated for a broken right orbital bone, concussion, laceration to her forehead, and dislocated wrist, according to Chambers.
Coleman then allegedly fled the station but was arrested the next day at Central police station where he stopped by to ask about using a phone. Officers recognized him immediately from the bulletin sent to other precincts about the incident, and took him into custody.
This isn't Coleman's first time with an incident like this. On October 4th, he was accused of punching a 60-year-old woman and knocking her unconscious. For this incident, he pled guilty and was sentenced to eight months of conditional discharge.
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