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Using a public restroom can be very dangerous

Another stabbing occurred last weekend in the restroom of a Wrigleyville bar
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This is not an article about contracting some deadly disease from a toilet seat. It is about the stabbings that have taken place in the restrooms of two Chicago establishments. Monday’s Chicago Tribune reported that Gregg A. Greaves, 23, of the 4700 block of North Beacon Street, was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm in one of the attacks.

At 12:26 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to the Red Ivy sports bar at 3525 N. Clark St., where the 25-year-old suburban victim told officers Greaves jumped out of a bathroom stall and attacked him with a broken beer bottle, slicing him on both sides of the throat, according to a police report.

This is the second stabbing that has taken place in a Chicago restroom in the last few weeks. The previous attack occurred in the restroom of the Westin Hotel on Michigan Avenue on Saturday, November 17, during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

After an evening out with family to watch the festival, Shah, a suburban oncologist, went into the bathroom inside the Chicago Westin’s Grill on the Alley restaurant, where the suspect Jimmy Harris, 56, who had been freed from prison just eight days earlier, approached him from behind and announced a robbery, according to prosecutors and police. Harris stabbed the doctor in the right side of his neck and face, Scaduto said, and as the victim turned and started screaming for help, Harris punched him in the eye.

The only similarity between the two attacks is that they occurred in a place where you tend to be very vulnerable.

What can you do to keep from becoming the victim of a robbery or crazed attacker while using a public washroom? Click here to read more.

Ed Kress
For over 40 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. With the help of local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed developed a program focused on personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains and a wide variety of martial arts techniques.

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