A Chicago man is facing multiple felony charges for his unprovoked attack on an elderly 91-year-old man near Chinatown.
The incident happened around noon on Tuesday when the victim, Yen Jit Wong, a long-time resident of Chinatown, was attacked “without provocation” in the 2400 block of South Wentworth in Rogers Park, according to ABC7 Chicago.
Wong suffered head injuries after being punched with a closed fist and falling to the ground. He was later taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment and is reportedly in stable condition.
Wong was walking home alone after finishing lunch with his son at the time of the attack. His relatives are confused about why someone would hurt a defenseless elderly man.
“Why would somebody assault him? Just for the thrill of it? Or I don’t even know,” Jeremy Yu, one of Wong’s grandsons, said.
“He’s one of the nicest men you can meet. Straight up on the street, he would ask if you ate yet. He would say hi. He would go out to you with coffee,” Jacy Lau, Wong’s other grandson, added.
“I don’t think anybody like this should be in our community. I don’t think anybody should cause this act of violence in our area, and I think they should be prosecuted to the fullest,” Lau continued.
The suspect was later identified as 45-year-old Alexander Taylor, who has been charged with aggravated battery to a person older than 60, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery in a public place, Chicago Police Department said, according to KTVU.
Taylor will appear in court for a bail hearing on Friday.