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Man stabbed on Michigan Avenue

Updated: September 5, 2012 6:52PM



A 53-year-old man who relatives say was re-selling tickets to Lollapalooza was stabbed in the chest on busy Michigan Avenue Friday night.

Witnesses and authorities said the incident happened shortly before 7 p.m. on the Southwest corner of Adams and Michigan across from the Art Institute of Chicago and not far from the music festival.

Mallory Ford, 25, of Lincoln Park, said she was waiting on the Art Institute’s front steps for a friend to bring her tickets to the fest when she saw a group of people across the street. A bus passed by and then she saw a man who appeared to be hurt.

“I could see him standing on the corner then he fell on the [light] pole,” Ford said.

Sammy Wasso, who was in front of the Art Institute, said he “saw blood on a guy’s shirt.”

The victim’s cousin, James Swanigan, said the victim is a ticket re-seller from Memphis who travels the country buying and selling tickets to big events.

Swanigan said his cousin, who he declined to name, was selling tickets when “somebody tried to rob him and take his tickets.” His cousin “snatched them back and they got to fighting and the guy stabbed him,” Swanigan said.

The victim was taken in stable condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a Chicago Fire Department spokeswoman said.

After visiting his cousin in the ER Friday night, Swanigan said his cousin was in good condition and is expected to recover from his injuries.

Police didn’t release details of the incident, but said there were eight arrests on minor charges at the music fest Friday.

Contributing: Michael Lansu, Emily Morris



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