Suspect Charged In Chinatown Beating Of 91-Year-Old Man

September 20, 2018 - 4:02 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – A 45-year-old Rogers Park man is charged with three felony counts of aggravated battery in the beating of an elderly man in Chinatown earlier this week.

The family of 91-year-old Yen Jit Wong says he is still in ICU, but the bleeding around his brain has stopped.

Wong was beaten Tuesday as he walked in Chinatown.

Among the first on the scene was Cook County Sheriff's Deputy Eddie Garcia, who says he knelt beside Wong. Several residents walked by and said they knew Wong.

"I let them know, just leave him still, hold him still. I kept trying to talk to him, ask him if he was OK, ask him if he knew his name and stuff like that. And he was not responding to me,” the deputy said.

"But his eyes were open and he was breathing, so just with that I knew, that was definitely a positive for me."

Garcia says he was in Chinatown, on Wentworth near 24th, because of a work detail for SWAP, the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program. He noticed a female passerby who was acting with alarm.

He said the suspect who beat Mr. Wong “quickly turned around and began to flee the area.”

"I would consider them a coward, first of all, just going after somebody that's 91 years old,” the deputy said.

Garcia said his primary concern was Mr. Wong at that point, but he was able to call Chicago police for backup.

The suspect – Alexander Taylor -- was arrested nearby, thanks to an off-duty Chicago police sergeant who happened to be on the scene.