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Seven charged after violent machete attack on train platform

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CHICAGO (Sept. 10, 2014) – Seven people now face charges in connection with a machete attack at a Chicago train stop.

Around 12:30 a.m. Monday, two people—a 26-year-old man and a 17-year-old juvenile—were approached by a group as they waited for the Brown Line train at the Kedzie stop.

The group—six males and a female—surrounded them and told them to flash their gang sign, according to WGN.

The pair refused, saying they weren’t in a gang.

After that, police say a member of the group—Mario Elvira, 18—started swinging a machete, hitting the 26-year-old man in the neck and head. The teen continued swinging the weapon until the next train arrived, and the group ran off.

Police made seven arrests in the case. In addition to Elvira, they arrested 19-year-old Kevin Ramirez, 19; Kevar Preston, 20; and Jean Salvatierra, 23. Charges against them include robbery, aggravated battery and trespassing. Three minors also face charges.

The victim was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital and was last listed in stable condition.

Source: WGN