A 24-year-old Hammond, Indiana man has been charged with the vicious July 4 stabbing in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood that was captured on video. Police say images and video on Facebook and YouTube—as well as an "anonymous tip" from a member of the city's Black LGBT community—lead them to the suspect.
Darren Hayes is being held in lieu of $700,000 bond and faces three counts of aggravated battery and felony mob action, reports ABC 7.
"But prosecutors said the charges will be upgraded to attempted murder when the case is brought before a grand jury," adds ChicagoPride.com. "Hayes turned himself into Chicago Police when he learned they were looking for him in connection with the weekend stabbing [that] left a man in the hospital. Two knives were found in Hayes' home.
The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Depaul University student Rubin Robinson, who has been released from hospital after being treated for multiple stab wounds which resulted in a collapsed lung. "I’m happy that I’m alive," Robinson told CBS 2.
The attack happened over Chicago's Black Gay Pride weekend. There are disturbing details on the extreme violence and mob nature of the attack at the Sun-Times.
According to a witness after the assault, Hayes proclaimed 'I got the bitch,' [prosecutors] said. Robinson, 26, had been at the Black Gay Pride Parade Sunday before heading to Boystown to hangout. He was with friends when there was an exchange of words with another group.
"They said some really smart alec things and I said ‘Whats up? Who you talking to?’ And then the guy who got in my face said ‘You talk a lot of sh--. I’ll knock your ass on the ground.’ And I just stood there and I waited for it and he punched me and we fell to the ground and I tried to use his body to shield me from the blows as the crowd flooded around and started hitting and kicking me...I didn’t even realize of been stabbed until I looked down and saw blood gushing everywhere," Robinson told the Sun-Times Friday.
Hayes is said to be "cooperating" with police as they hunt more suspects.
The brawl was the third stabbing in the upscale and heavily gay neighborhood in as many weeks. The previous incidents also involved Black LGBT youth. Before the Sunday incident, the most recent stabbing victim was white.
The stabbings and the presence of Black/Latino street youth in the mostly white area has sparked a racially-fueled debate. Tensions flared Wednesday night as "about 600 people" attended a community policing meeting. The debate "quickly turned to race" and was characterized by "yelling, cheers, booing and fights". Complete video and reports HERE.
Question: When will Chicago's Black LGBT leaders say ANYTHING about the stabbings, the street violence or the situation in Boystown?