RIVERSIDE – A call about a man who was pushed out of a moving van in the southbound lanes of Harlem Avenue at 3:48 p.m. July 27 led to a charge of aggravated domestic battery for the man who was pushed out.
When the first officer arrived on the scene, the van continued south on Harlem Avenue, but returned a short time later. When the driver exited the vehicle, he told police that a person in the back of the truck had been stabbed, according to a police report.
When police opened the rear door of the van they found a man with two stab wounds to his leg, which he had shrink-wrapped to stop the bleeding. Paramedics were called.
Police learned through a subsequent investigation that the driver, who was not involved, was driving to a storage facility in Romeoville. The two other men in the car were brothers and were arguing in the back seats when one of the brothers stabbed the other with a box cutter twice. The man who was stabbed then pushed his brother out the door of the van while it was moving. The man who was pushed out sustained minor injuries.
Police charged Larry Brown, 53, of the 300 block of Karlov Avenue Chicago with one count of aggravated domestic battery. His brother was not charged, as police believed he was in fear of his life and pushed his brother out of the van in self defense.
Both men were taken to MacNeal Hospital and later released to police. Police closed Harlem Avenue for about 45 minutes to process the crime scene.