Park Ridge Police: stabbing victim made derogatory statement before altercation

Kenneth Lee | Park Ridge Police Department
Kenneth Lee | Park Ridge Police Department

A 20-year-old man stabbed multiple times on a Park Ridge residential street may have been the initial instigator in the incident, police say.

Kenneth J. Lee, 26, of 901 Countryside, Glenview, was charged with one count of aggravated battery following the July 3 stabbing of the Park Ridge man on the 700 block of Western Avenue, just north of Busse Highway.

Park Ridge Police Cmdr. Jason Leavitt said investigators determined that Lee was walking down Western Avenue with a female resident of the block just before 11 p.m. when the victim, a resident of the 300 block of South Home Avenue, reportedly shouted a derogatory statement of the woman.

Leavitt said the victim was in the company of four other people at the time and they had reportedly come from the Maine East High School fireworks display that took place earlier that night. The man allegedly ran toward Lee and the woman, still shouting, and an altercation between the two men reportedly occurred. The man was stabbed “four to five times in the torso area” with a three-inch pocket knife, Leavitt said.

He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance and treated for stab wounds to his lung, kidney and forearm, Leavitt said. He remained hospitalized early this week.

Lee appeared in court on July 5 where bond was set at $150,000.

In September 2012, an 18-year-old Park Ridge man was stabbed with a pocket knife and sustained a minor injury in an apparently unrelated incident that occurred three blocks north on Western Avenue. A 16-year-old girl also sustained minor head injuries in what police called a mob attack by a group of four teenagers.

Leavitt said the July 3 altercation is not part of reoccurring activity in the area.

“This was very much an isolated incident,” he said. “The neighborhood should be considered safe.”

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