Posted on June 22, 2012

Attacker Slashes Man’s Throat in Wrigleyville for No Apparent Reason

CBS Chicago, June 20, 2012

It was an attack so vicious that the victim was left with a massive gash across his throat and it happened just blocks from Wrigley Field.


Michael Schmidt was walking his dog west on Byron Street near Wayne Avenue late Sunday night, when he says he encountered a person he described as a sociopath.

“An individual came up from behind, grabbed my chest with his left hand, took a 10-inch blade, slashed my throat from left to right,” Schmidt said. “He then took about ten steps back and just stood and watched me bleed.”

The Wrigleyville resident said he lost a massive amount of blood, and now has more than 40 stitches in his throat. He said, as bad as it is, emergency room doctors told him it could have been worse.


Because the attacker didn’t flee right away, Schmidt said he got a real good look at his face as he stood under a street light. {snip}

{snip} The alert included a sketch, and described the assailant as an African-American male around 30 years old, standing about 6 feet 1 inch tall with a dark complexion and an afro hairstyle.



After the stranger attacked him, Schmidt said he asked the man why he did it.

“He never said one word. He stood there for about ten seconds, turned around, walked away,” said Schmidt.

Schmidt said he believes his dog might have saved his life, by stepping in front of the attacker after the initial cut.


“The look in his eyes, it was just … I will never forget it,” said Schmidt.


“He had a very crazed look on his face. No look of remorse whatsoever,” Schmidt said.