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After visiting friend in jail, man charged in Guardian Angels stabbings

Julius Price. Photo/Chicago Police Dept.

Julius Price. Photo/Chicago Police Dept.

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Updated: June 3, 2012 7:10PM

When you’re wanted for a high-profile knife crime, it’s probably best not to visit your buddy in jail.

That’s the rookie mistake prosecutors say Julius Price made this weekend — and now he’s locked up in a cell alongside his pal.

Accused of stabbing four Guardian Angels who’d attempted to intervene in a gunpoint mugging on a CTA Red line train on May 15, Price, 23, had successfully dodged the cops for more than two weeks.

But his run of good luck began to unravel Thursday, when his alleged accomplice, Keith Gunn, 34, was finally arrested in Rockford.

When Price, of the 200 block of South Sacramento, went to visit Gunn at the Cook County Jail on Saturday evening, somebody recognized him, and Price was arrested outside the jail gates in the 2600 block on South California, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Terry Clancy said in court Sunday.

Following the attack on the Guardian Angels at the Clark/Division Red line stop last month, Chicago Police released security camera footage of two men fleeing the platform.

In court Sunday, Clancy identified those men as Gunn and Price.

Gunn, who was Saturday ordered held on bail of $600,000, had stolen a passenger’s iPhone at gunpoint, Clancy said. When Gunn tried to flee, he was tackled by four Guardian Angels who held him down, but Price, who is charged with four counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, then pulled out a knife and stabbed and slashed at the vigilantes in a successful effort to help Gunn escape, the prosecutor added.

Judge Israel Desierto set Price’s bail at $750,000.

The Angels — aged 20, 21, 22 and 40 — were treated for wounds to their chests, arms and heads. One needed as many 17 stitches, Clancy said.

Miguel Fuentes, the group’s national director and Chicago chapter leader, was among the hurt. Speaking Sunday, he said the injuries he and his three colleagues suffered are “part of being a Guardian Angel: you’re going to get some bumps and bruises.”

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