A judge set bail at $25,000 today for a man who police said repeatedly punched a woman he did not know Monday afternoon on a River North street all because she “looked at him funny.’’
Bryant McClinton, 24, was charged with one count of battery in a public place and was booked into Cook County Jail Tuesday, authorities said.
The 23-year-old North Side woman wasn't badly hurt in the apparently random attack and had been treated and released as of Tuesday night from Northwestern Memorial Hospital for head and face injuries, police said.
The woman had been walking south on Orleans Street as McClinton was walking north. As they were about to cross paths just after 1 p.m., McClinton punched the woman with his left hand, knocking the woman and her purse to the ground, according to police.
While hovering over her, McClinton punched her several more times but then fled on foot after people began noticing what was going on. Officers responded to several 911 calls.
Two witnesses –- one of whom was driving -- began chasing McClinton. Police joined the chase and McClinton was arrested about 1:20 p.m. in the 600 block of West Chicago Avenue, police said.
The woman, who said she was walking to lunch at the time of the attack, described the experience as "scary," when reached by phone Tuesday night.
Police also found that the entire beating had been captured on video surveillance. McClinton was brought into the Near North District police station where he told officers that he punched the victim “because she looked at him funny.''
McClinton, of the 1100 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 14, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.