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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.