Teen Charged In iPhone Stabbing
GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS – A dispute over a stolen iPhone in Winnetka on Thursday led to one 17-year-old boy being stabbed in the chest and another charged with attempted murder.
Mitchell Silverstein, of the 1300 block of Cariann Lane in Glenview, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, Winnetka Police Chief Patrick Kreis said at a news conference Friday.
Silverstein reportedly stabbed another teenager in the chest, but the victim is expected to fully recover, according to the chief.
A 911 call in the 1400 block of Scott Avenue in Winnetka brought police to the scene of an altercation in the street involving five teenagers from the New Trier Township area at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Kreis said.
Police say Silverstein had chased a 17-year-old boy about 200 feet and stabbed him in the chest with an illegal switchblade.
A 16-year-old who tried to pull Silverstein away from the 17-year-old was cut on the hand, Kreis said.
The 17-year-old was taken to Evanston Hospital with a serious chest wound, but is expected to recover, Kreis said.
The 16-year-old was treated at the same hospital and released, he added.
Police located Silverstein nearby shortly after the fight, Kreis said. Silverstein is being tried as an adult and is expected to appear in Cook County bond court Saturday.
Police declined to offer specifics on the dispute, but said Silverstein was not the owner of the iPhone.
During the confrontation, some of the boys moved from one vehicle to another, police said.
One of the cars then drove off and an altercation ensued in the vehicle.
The car crashed into a tree after a short distance, Kreis said.
Silverstein chased the vehicle on foot to where it crashed and stabbed the teen in the chest, Kreis said.
Winnetka Village Trustee Richard Kates said he heard sirens and followed emergency responders to the scene, which was only a few blocks from his house on Tower Road.
Kates said he saw the car that had crashed, as well as a no parking sign that had been snapped in half.
He saw the teen with the chest wound receiving medical attention. A firetruck had the block cordoned off, he said.
“By the time I got there, people seemed very calm,” Kates said. “It wasn’t a scary scene, but it was a very odd scene, to put it mildly.”
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