Stabbed Busker Likely Will Be Back, Playing In Subway

Steve Miller
February 06, 2020 - 6:26 pm
Michael Malinowski Stabbed Busker

Michael Malinowski (GoFundMe)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A 26-year-old man who was stabbed Tuesday while he was playing the guitar at a CTA Red Line station says he plans to play again, as soon as his left arm heals.

Mike Malinowski is known as “Machete Mike,” a busker who is a familiar sight at the Jackson subway station in the Loop.

He was attacked by a woman who later told police the music was giving her a headache.

Malinowski said the woman first unplugged his amp and then tried to push him onto the tracks. He said he had to fight back.

"The people were yelling and screaming at me, freaking out at me, 'She's a woman!'” he recalled Thursday. "I'm like, 'This woman tried to kill me.'"

Then he realized he'd been stabbed.

"There was blood all over the floor. I know there was blood all over my shoes and my pants. Then it kind of sunk in. I looked at my arm and I was like, 'Holy hell, I just got stabbed.'"

Malinowski says after he recovers, he'd like to tour Europe and play guitar.

And as far as returning to the Jackson subway?

"If the rent is due and I am broke and I am able to play, I know I'll find myself down there,” he said.

The 38-year-old woman accused of attacking him was ordered held without bail.

An online fundraiser has been organized to help Malinowski replace the gear that was damaged this week.