Couple, both 72, followed through Irving Park from Blue Line and brutally beaten; Woman can only eat liquid food – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) — An elderly couple were violently assaulted on their way home in broad daylight in Irving Park recently.

As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported on Monday night, the couple believe the man followed them from the Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line – then started hitting and kicking them for no clear reason.

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You could still see the bruises on Bob Tataryn’s face Monday night. He and his wife, Katheryn, were still recovering after the walk back to the Irving Park neighborhood left him bloodied and with a broken nose. The attack was random, and the attacker didn’t even steal anything – except, of course, for the victims’ peace of mind.

“We are city dwellers,” Tataryn said. “We take the Blue Line as much as we can.”

Tataryn said it was 3 p.m. one day last week when they arrived at the Irving Park Road Blue Line platform in the Kennedy Freeway median – and he realized that someone was right behind him.

“Here’s a guy trying to sneak through the turnstile with her,” he said.

And when they got off the platform, Tataryn said that the same man did not let go.

“And the guy was still four feet away from us,” he said.

The Tataryns, both 72, decided to cross the street. But Bob Tataryn said the guy was still close behind – and when they got to the intersection of Avondale Avenue and Irving Park Road, Tataryn turned and asked.

“’Are you following us?’ Tataryn said. “And he mumbles something and says, ‘Do you have a problem? “”

The next thing the couple knew, the man attacked and started swinging.

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“He hit her – left, right, left, right – broke her jaw and broke her wrists,” Bob said of his wife.

Subsequently, the man turned his aggression towards Bob.

“Then he timed me – the same procedure – I would say six, seven, eight times to the head, and I fell,” he said.

Realizing the man wasn’t going to stop, Bob made up a gory story about his wife’s health in hopes of defusing the attack.

“I shouted, ‘My wife, she’s really sick, she has cancer!’ said Bob Tataryn. “He turned and left.”

Katheryn Tataryn doesn’t really have cancer. But the daytime attack left her in need of two surgeries to deal with two broken wrists and a broken jaw.

She is unable to open her mouth now and can only eat liquid foods like soup – and will be for six to eight weeks.

As the attack rocked the Tataryns, Bob said they would not be afraid to go on living.

“Don’t let them win,” he said. “Don’t let the bad guy win.”

Bob’s wife does not appear in this story, as she is so bruised that she is ashamed of her appearance. But her loving husband will be there to affirm his love as the swelling goes down.

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Chicago police have not made an arrest in their case.


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