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77-year-old hospitalized in ‘vicious’ indiscriminate attack on Lincolnwood

LINCOLNWOOD, IL — A 77-year-old Chicago man remained hospitalized Friday after he was knocked unconscious in a random attack at a mall earlier this week and suffered bleeding to the brain, prosecutors said.

Omar Alsayed, 34, of the 6300 block of N. Sacramento Ave., Chicago, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the attack, according to Lincolnwood Police Department.

The elderly man and his wife had been walking for exercise Monday morning at 3333 W. Touhy Ave. in downtown Lincolnwood, Cook County Assistant Attorney Rowland Edwards said on Alsayed’s first court appearance.

But when the couple walked to the exit to exit the mall around 11 p.m., they were intercepted by a stranger, the prosecutor told the judge.

“[Alsayed] changed his trajectory, lowered his shoulder and slammed his shoulder into the victim’s chest, causing the victim to fall backwards to the ground,” Edwards said.

The man was knocked unconscious for several minutes. He was rushed to the hospital and taken to the intensive care unit, Edwards said, where he was diagnosed with a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Alsayed left the mall immediately and ran outside to his car, prosecutors said.

Edwards said Alsayed admitted to pushing the man and identified himself as the person shown in a still from the scene.

Assistant Cook County Public Defender Lindsey Anderson said Alsayed recently lived in his car and worked as a delivery driver for app-based grocery delivery services.

Anderson said her client is still recovering from recent surgery, but was not aware of any possible mental health issues after a “clear and helpful” initial phone conversation with him.

Omar Alsayyad, 34, of Chicago, was detained unless he can post the $25,000 cash portion of his bail in connection with an allegation that he assaulted a 77-year-old man at Lincolnwood Town Center on the morning of Jan. 10 . (Lincolnwood Police Department)

Assistant Cook County Judge Anthony Calabrese said the allegations against Alsayed, if true, were appalling.

“Attacking an elderly person who was there with their wife trying to exercise without any reason – in a random attack so vicious that the victim was hospitalized – is just extraordinary behavior,” Calabrese said.

Calabrese ordered Alsayed to be detained pending a Jan. 21 bond review hearing unless he can come up with the cash portion of his $25,000 bail.

The judge also ordered a medical examination of Alsayad, not because of anything he or his attorney said during his hearing, Calabrese said, but because “the nature of this allegation is so over the top extraordinary that it shows either an absolute callousness of heart.” or some mental health issues.”

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