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Updated: October 27, 2011 12:31AM

A caught-on-video attack on a man in the Boystown area of Lake View over the weekend prompted Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) to say Tuesday he’s “extremely concerned” about recent violence in the neighborhood.

At about 11:55 p.m. Sunday, a 25-year-old man was stabbed in the 3300 block of North Halsted, police said.

A witness videotaped the attack and posted it on YouTube. Detectives have reviewed the video and interviewed the victim.

The video shows a crowd of at least 10 young men attacking a person on the sidewalk. They appear to be punching and kicking the man, though the stabbing is not shown. Later, the man is seen staggering as someone yells, “call 911!”

The man was treated at a hospital and released. No one is in custody in the attack.

The motive was unclear, but a source said it does not appear to be a case of gay bashing. The victim may know the stabber, the source added.

“We don’t believe this is a hate crime,” said a police spokeswoman, Lt. Maureen Biggane.

The street was unusually crowded with people celebrating Black Gay Pride Weekend. The attack may have been sparked when one group bumped into another group on the sidewalk and words were exchanged, sources said.

Police called Sunday’s attack an “isolated incident.”

There was another stabbing on June 18 outside a convenience store in the 3400 block of North Halsted. An arrest has been made in that case.

On Tuesday, Tunney posted a message on his 44th Ward Service Organization web site saying the police are working to put more foot, bicycle and tactical officers on the beat where the attack occurred. The North Halsted Business Alliance has been providing security on weekends, he said.

Tunney encouraged residents to attend a community-policing meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at Inter-American Elementary School at 851 W. Waveland.

The recent attacks in the neighborhood have prompted Lake View residents to launch a Facebook group called “Take Back Boystown.”

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