Chicago Teen Held Without Bail for Pushing Marine Veteran in Front of Train, Killing Him

Lorenz Duchamps
By Lorenz Duchamps
April 14, 2020USshare
Chicago Teen Held Without Bail for Pushing Marine Veteran in Front of Train, Killing Him
Illinois teen, 18-year-old Ryan Munn, who is held without bail for the murder of 29-year-old former marine veteran Mamadou M. Balde. (Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department)

An Illinois teenager has been arrested and is facing first-degree murder charges after CTA video shows he struck and pushed a man at Jackson station in Chicago. The man was struck by a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train last week, killing him.

Chicago authorities said that 18-year-old Ryan Munn was apprehended and arrested in his Chicago home on Friday.

Munn was one of three men who started arguing with 29-year-old Mamadou M. Balde at Jackson station on the afternoon of April 7.

CTA surveillance footage from the station showed that Munn “punched and pushed” Balde to the track where an oncoming train struck and killed him, police said, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Balde, a former Marine veteran who served for two tours in Afghanistan, was found dead by responding officers between two cars at the CTA Red Line station. His death was later ruled as a homicide.

The Cook County medical examiner said Balde had multiple injuries, which resulted in his death, according to CrimeOnline.

Prosecutors said Munn and the two men who accompanied him left the station but were recognized by officers and witnesses. The two men that accompanied Munn also reportedly punched Balde but currently remain at large.

According to court records, Munn appeared in court on Sunday and was ordered held without bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for this Friday.

He Didn’t Want a Confrontation

Balde’s father said he didn’t want to get into a fight. The surveillance footage showed Balde turned to walk away from the confrontation, The Chicago Tribune reported.

“He didn’t want to fight,” Balde’s father told the outlet. “Yes, I am mad. That is correct. … This guy gave his life for his country, and three people throw him on the train.”

As the investigation is ongoing, it is still unclear what the dispute between the former marine veteran and the three men was about.

The incident disrupted rail transits at Jackson station on the Red and Purple lines that day during the rush hours.

Several violent attacks have been reported this year, including a fatal shooting that prompted the increase of police presence at CTA stations.

Last week’s incident marked one of the deadliest days of violence in the City of Chicago in nearly two years, with eight homicides reported in a single day, Breitbart reported.

The Associated Press reported.

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