Man Faces Attempted Murder Charge in Englewood Attack
Quick action by police officers credited with saving bleeding man's life
An Englewood man faces an attempted murder charge after he attacked another city man in a bloody fight near West Englewood Avenue and Lafayette Place, leaving him hospitalized with serious injuries Thursday, authorities said.
Derrick Rose, 53, and the 54-year-old victim were arguing when Rose struck him in the head with a pipe, according to Police Chief Arthur O'Keefe.
The victim managed to disarm his attacker of the pipe, but Rose pulled a large folding knife and stabbed the man in the neck and throat twice before stabbing him again in the face, O'Keefe said. The wounded man continued to fight back, eventually stumbling away and collapsing.
Englewood police quickly converged on the area following several 911 calls around 4:30 p.m. and found the injured man with blood gushing from an artery, O'Keefe said. They carried him to a patrol car and rushed to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.
"The rapid decision to transport him by those patrol officers undoubtedly saved the victim's life," the chief said, noting he suffered significant blood loss.
Police also managed to grab Rose as he tried to flee, O'Keefe said. He was treated at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck for minor injuries before being processed by police.
Investigators recovered the knife and pipe Rose tossed in a nearby creek, O'Keefe said. Weapons-related charges were also likely to be filed against Rose.
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