CRIME
09/10/2014 04:18 pm ET Updated Sep 10, 2014

7 Charged In Brutal Machete Attack Caught On Surveillance Video At Train Station

Seven people, three of them juveniles, are facing charges after allegedly surrounding two brothers at a Chicago train station and attacking one of them with a machete.

The incident, which was captured by a CTA surveillance camera, took place about 12:30 a.m. Monday. A 26-year-old man and his 17-year-old brother were waiting for a CTA Brown Line train at the Kedzie Avenue stop in a usually quiet neighborhood on the city's Northwest Side, according to WGN.

The siblings were approached by a group of seven people who, police say, told them to flash gang signs, ABC Chicago reports. When they refused to do so, saying they were not members of any gangs, police said one member of the group pulled out a machete and struck the 26-year-old in the head multiple times.

The attack stopped when a train pulled into the station, at which point the group dispersed. They were apprehended shortly thereafter.

Eighteen-year-old Mario Elvira, who allegedly brandished the machete, has been charged with robbery, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and trespassing on CTA property. He is being held on $450,000 bail, according to DNAinfo Chicago.

The rest of the adults in the group -- Jean Salvatierra, 23; Kevin Ramirez, 19; and Kevar Preston, 20 -- all faced the same charges as Elvira, while all but one of the juvenile suspects avoided the robbery and aggravated battery charges, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The 26-year-old victim sustained a wound 6 inches long and 1 1/2 inches deep and was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital. He was last listed in stable condition.

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