Man pleads guilty to assault caught on video at Chicago subway stop
BY LEEANN SHELTON Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org May 25, 2012 4:24PM
Scotty Strahan / photo from Chicago police.
Updated: May 25, 2012 4:41PM
A South Side teen will spend the next year on probation after pleading guilty to punching a homeless man at a Downtown CTA station last year, an attack recorded by an accomplice and posted online.
Scotty Strahan, 18, was charged in November with two counts of aggravated battery, police said.
He pleaded guilty last week to one court of aggravated battery and was sentenced to probation, as well as 15 days of community service, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said.
Strahan is seen on video throwing a sucker punch that knocked down a homeless man at the CTA’s Chicago Red Line station. He then smirks about the attack as others laugh.
Police first became aware of the attack after the graphic cell phone video surfaced on the Internet, authorities said.
In the video, the victim is shown slowly walking through a crowd at the station before Strahan tapped him on the shoulder. Strahan and the man appeared to exchange words before Strahan threw a punch with his right hand and the victim fell backward to the ground, lying motionless.
Strahan and the person filming then got on a train as a group of people laughed. On the platform, another passenger comes to the man’s aid and appears to call 911.
The video was posted online in April 2011. After the police got involved, Strahan turned himself in Nov. 21, police said.