A West Side man is accused of punching out the window of a Chicago Fire Department ambulance and threatening to shoot two paramedics treating a robbery victim early this morning in the Lakeview neighborhood, police said.
The 25-year-old, whose identity was not being released immediately, is facing charges of felony damage to property as well as two felony assault charges for threatening to shoot two paramedics, said Town Hall District police Lt. Dragan Lakich.
The incident started about 3:15 a.m. in the 3400 block of North Halsted Street when the suspect was walking past a large crowd that had gathered around a man in his 20s who'd been knocked out, was bleeding from the nose, and had been possibly robbed, said Lakich.
"He's walking by and he breaks the window of ambulance number 6 for an unknown reason," the lieutenant said.
After shattering the side, glass window of the ambulance, the West Sider made things worse for himself.
"He told paramedics he was going to shoot them," Lakich said.
Police don't think he really had a gun, but he did cause damage to the costly, but generally resilient window.
"It's not an easy thing to do. I've seen officers hit them with flashlights and not be able to break them," Lakich said. "They're pretty tough."
The suspect suffered a bloody wrist and he fled the scene but police captured him, still bleeding, about a half an hour later, at 3:45 a.m., about a half mile away at the intersection of Belmont and Sheffield avenues.
He was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital for his injury and remains in police custody as of this morning.
No arrest has been made in the robbery involving the man in his 20s who'd initially been treated by the paramedics, according to the lieutenant.