Chicago man charged with ‘unprovoked attack’ on 77-year-old man at mall | Crime-and-courts

LINCOLNWOOD — A 77-year-old man remained hospitalized this week after sustaining head injuries when he was knocked to the ground by an unidentified person at a Lincolnwood shopping mall, police said.

Omar Alsayed, 34, of the 6300 block of North Sacramento Avenue in Chicago, is facing an aggravated assault charge in connection with the Jan. 10 attack on the man, whom the Deputy Chief of Police of Lincolnwood, Travis Raypole, called it “unprovoked.”

Raypole said the victim and his wife were walking on the upper level of Lincolnwood Town Center, 3333 W. Touhy Ave., shortly before 11 a.m. on January 10 when a man, later identified as Alsayed, approached.

As he approached the man, Alsayed used his shoulder to punch the victim in the chest, knocking him to the ground and hitting his head, Raypole said.

“It was definitely no accident,” he said. “It was an unprovoked attack.”

The blow to the victim’s head left him unconscious, the deputy police chief said.

As the victim’s wife tried to help and mall security responded, Alsayed left the mall, Raypole said.

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The victim, a Chicago resident, was initially placed in intensive care at an area hospital, police said. As of Friday, he remained hospitalized, but was no longer in intensive care, Raypole said.

Using surveillance video and a witness, investigators identified Alsayed as the person who pushed the man, Raypole said. He was taken into custody three days later during a traffic stop conducted on his car in an area near downtown Lincolnwood on McCormick Boulevard and Touhy Avenue, Raypole said.

In a January 14 hearing, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Anthony Calabrese set bond for Alsayed at $250,000 and he remained in custody at the Cook County Jail this week, according to the sheriff’s department.

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