Chicago man charged in stabbing near Gold Coast hotel - KMSP-TV

No bond for man charged with Gold Coast stabbing

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The man charged with the weekend stabbing of a 67-year-old Oak Brook oncologist in a Gold Coast hotel bathroom had been released on parole the previous week.

SEE: One man stabbed, another cut during robbery near Gold Coast hotel

Jimmy Harris, 56, of Chicago, was released Nov. 9, after serving time for a 2008 armed robbery conviction, in which he used a broken bottle to stab his victim, authorities said.

Harris was ordered held without bond Monday, charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery, and one count of aggravated unlawful restraint. He has five other felony convictions, including an aggravated battery in which he punched a 59-year-old woman, authorities said.

The latest attack happened about 8 p.m. Saturday at The Grill on the Alley restaurant at the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago Hotel in the 900 block of North Michigan.

The family of the victim, Mir Jafar Shah, said he was attacked in a bathroom shared by the restaurant and the Westin. They said he was fortunate to be near Northwestern Memorial Hospital after he escaped the "surprise, unprovoked attack."

It happened while the family was in town for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

"This was an enjoyable night out for the family turned horribly tragic," said Mahin Samadani, Shah's son-in-law, in a statement from the family. "But it could have been much, much worse."

The family said Shah was expected to make a full recovery.

The family also said the second man injured in the attack was a bartender they are calling a hero. Police said the man, 35, tried to stop Harris as he ran away but was wounded and taken to the hospital. He was in good condition over the weekend with a cut to his chest.

"He's a hero good Samaritan," Samadani said.

Police recovered a weapon after the attack, authorities said. Witnesses said they saw police storm into the nearby Cheesecake Factory restaurant and take a man into custody near the Hancock Center.

Cesar Gonzalez and Nancy Camacho, who both live on the South Side, said they were on their way to an 8 p.m. reservation at a nearby restaurant when they saw a man and police.

"We just heard someone say, ‘He has the wallet'," Gonzalez said.

Camacho said she saw an apparent employee from the Westin run to the corner of Michigan and Delaware, jump up and kick the suspect with a "karate move."

"He jumped up and kicked him," she said.

"They fell and we saw the knife," said Gonzalez, 29, who added that the knife was about six inches long.

Bystanders looked on as yellow tape blocked off a portion of the hotel outside. Blood was visible on the ground. The tape was removed around 10:20 p.m., and a worker used a power washer to clean the blood.

Gonzalez said he is now is keeping his wallet in his vest pocket.

"That's crazy," he said.

Camacho, 30, added, "There's so many people around, so many kids. It's just sad."

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