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Caught on Video: Man Nearly Loses His Life Defending His Little Brother From Group of Violent Thugs

Police said the group asked the brothers to flash gang signs — but the brothers refused, saying they weren't part of any gang.

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Three juveniles — one of them a female — were among seven people arrested in connection with a brutal machete attack caught on surveillance video against two brothers waiting for a train in Chicago, WLS-TV reported, citing police.

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The surveillance camera picks up a group of seven approaching a 26-year-old man and his 17-year-old brother who were seated on the platform waiting for a train just after midnight Monday, WLS reported.

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Police said the group asked the brothers to flash gang signs — but the brothers refused, saying they weren't part of any gang, WLS reported.

The group closed around the pair, one taking the younger brother's baseball cap.

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When his older brother began to defend him, police said 18-year-old Mario Elvira pulled out a machete and struck the 26-year-old in the head several times.

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The group fled when a train arrived at the Brown Line Kedzie CTA station in the Albany Park neighborhood, which is in the northwest section of the city; a source who gave the surveillance footage to WLS said the attack may have lasted longer had the train not arrived when it did.

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The 26-year-old remains hospitalized in stable condition with a 6-inch head gash that's 1.5 inches deep and took 30 stitches to close, WLS reported.

The suspects — Elvira; Jean Salvatierra, 23; Kevin Ramierz, 19; Kevar Preston, 20; two 15-year-old males and one 15-year-old female — were apprehended by police shortly after the attack, WLS reported.

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The suspects appeared before a judge Tuesday, the station reported, adding that Elvira and Preston are being held on $450,000 bond and Salvatierra and Ramirez are being held on $250,000 bond. They are due in court again on Sept. 15, WLS noted.

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