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Man charged with attempting to kill prosecutor who defended gay men

A man was charged Sunday with attempting to murder a Cook County prosecutor who tried stopping an assault on two apparently gay men earlier this month in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, police said.

Edgar Diaz, 21, of the 5600 block of West Grand, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery in addition to one count of attempted murder, according to police.

The 32-year-old employee of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office was walking by himself along the lakefront when he saw two people approach two apparently gay men and verbally assault them about Sept. 13, officials said.

Diaz and the other man allegedly attacked the prosecutor after he yelled at them in an attempt to prevent an attack, officials said.

They slashed or stabbed the prosecutor multiple times, including cutting his face, right side and arms, state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Sally Daly said.

Police said the victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with “non-life-threatening injuries.”

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez visited him at the hospital shortly after the attack, Daly said.

“He did lose a lot of blood,” Daly said at the time.

Diaz is scheduled to appear in bond court on Monday.

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