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24-year-old charged in Gold Coast stabbings on Division

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 24-year-old man was charged Monday with injuring four men ­— including a Chicago Police officer ­— in a pair of stabbings early Sunday on a stretch of Gold Coast sidewalk along Division Street, an area that attracts late-night revelers from across the city.

Eric F. Ybarra, 24, of the 2200 block of North Major Avenue, was charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting a peace officer and a felony count of aggravated battery to a police officer, according to a statement from police News Affairs. Ybarra, also wanted on a warrant, was expected in bond court Monday.

Two men — 31 and 36 — were critically stabbed, a third man was beaten and a police officer injured while trying to arrest Ybarra, who allegedly injured the other men around 4 a.m. outside the Bootleggers and Detention night clubs at 11 W. Division and 9 W. Division, according to police.

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The victims were walking west on Division at 4:09 a.m. when a confrontation ensued with Ybarra, who pulled a knife and stabbed two men, then battered a third, who was the brother of one of the stabbing victims, police said.

All three men were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The police officer refused hospitalization, police said.

Bars on the block were jammed when the stabbings occurred. A bouncer working across the street from the where the confrontation erupted said he didn't notice anything until police began to cordon off the crime scene. "There were just so many people on the street," the bouncer said.

Violence on the block is becoming an "increasing concern," said a local tavern manager who asked not to be named.

"When I started here five years ago this was a totally safe neighborhood — this sort of thing might happen once in a blue moon. Now it's several times a year," said the manager,

Vern Broder, president of the Gold Coast Neighbors Association, who added there is a constant police presence in the area.

"The police are there all the time. I know they are there all the time. We work with them carefully on their patrols, in uniform and undercover," Broder said.

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