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Glenview teen charged with attempted murder in Winnetka stabbings

Updated: November 19, 2013 2:11PM

WINNETKA — A Glenview teenager who allegedly stabbed two other teens Thursday night in Winnetka is charged with attempted first-degree murder and attempted battery with a deadly weapon.

Police charged Mitchell S. Silverstein, 17, of the 1300 block of Cariann Lane, Glenview, after he allegedly stabbed one teenager in the chest and another in the hand over the theft of an iPhone and a car crash in the 1400 block of Scott Avenue.

Winnetka Police Chief Patrick Kreis said five male teens, between 16 and 17 years-old, from New Trier Township were involved in the altercation, during which an iPhone was stolen. The offenders drove away in a vehicle, crashing into a tree, about four houses down from the initial crime scene, Kreis said.

“Silverstein pursued the victim, chasing him about 200 feet and stabbing him in the chest with an illegal switchblade knife he had been carrying,” Kreis said. “It was a serious puncture wound to the chest that required immediate emergency medical attention. The second victim suffered his wound when he tried to stop the attack.”

Kreis said both stabbing victims were taken to Evanston Hospital. The 16 year-old victim with the hand wound was treated and released; the 17 year-old victim with the chest wound was admitted, Kreis said.

Silverstein appeared in Cook County court Saturday morning and was held on $300,000 bond.

“There was nothing involved in that altercation in any way that could justify Mr. Silverstein’s pursuit and assault of the victim,” Kreis said. “If somebody is aware of a crime (they should) call 911 immediately. Particularly if it’s a piece of personal property.”

As to the exact details of the crash, Kreis said that information was, “not really pertinent to the crime of attempted murder.”

Kreis said there is a possibility of additional charges for Silverstein once the state’s attorney reviews the case.

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