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Bumpy Blue Line ride leads one West Side man to throw another, and his groceries, onto the tracks

May 23, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Careful where you swing those grocery bags, buddy.

A commute on the CTA's Blue Line can get crowdy and bumpy. When a 61-year-old man riding the train knocked into a man with his bags of groceries and stepped on his foot Tuesday, the man turned violent, state prosecutors said.

Richard Scruggs, 28, of the 2300 block of West Van Burent Street, allegedly got into a fistfight with the man over the bump, after both of them exited the train at the Illinois Medical District stop. The men exchanged blows, according to the police report. Then, Scruggs allegedly pulled the man off the platform and onto the train tracks and threw his grocery bags down after him.

Scruggs, who was identified by the police for his yellow backpack, green shirt, and tan shorts, appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Thursday and was held on $90,000 bond. The 61-year-old man was taken to the hospital with abrasions and minor facial swelling, according to the police report.

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