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August 13, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Man charged in stabbing over $5
By Hal Dardick, Tribune Staff reporter

A 45-year-old Chicago man accused of repeatedly stabbing another man on a Chicago Transit Authority bus was due in bond court today on an aggravated battery charge, police said.

Meanwhile, the victim, a 32-year-old Chicago man who knew the accused man from work, was treated t Northwestern Memorial Hospital for stab wounds in his arms, chest and buttocks.

The bus was headed north on Michigan Avenue early Wednesday when Alvin Prater allegedly demanded $5 he said the victim owed him. Prater, of the 4500 block of North Magnolia Avenue, is accused of then pulling out a pocketknife and stabbing the victim. Both got off the bus at Michigan and Jackson Drive, where they continued to fight before Prater ran off.

CTA Personnel later led police to Prater, who was talking to a television news cameraman. Police confronted Prater, who led them to the knife.

Prater was treated at Northwestern before being released to police custody. He was charged with one count of aggravated battery.

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