A community activist is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect accused of brutally beating a Chicago resident and leaving him for dead in the city’s Chinatown early of the month.
Authorities say Jin Lew, 61, was violently assaulted and robbed on April 6.
Lew, well known in Chinatown from his work as a community chef for more than 40 years, remains in a coma at an area hospital, and community activist Frank Coconate is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
After the vicious assault, Lew was found by Chicago street cleaners. He had been deprived of all identification, and his vehicle was also stolen, according to the authorities.
Due to severe head injuries, Lew remained in a coma and hospital workers and police were unable to identify him for several days.
“The ambulance picked him up, he went to the hospital and he had to have a craniotomy, where they cut his head open to decompress his brain,” Dr Kim Tee said.
Finally, a worker noticed that he matched the description of a man who had been reported missing by his family after the attack, and he was reunited with his relatives.
After her son reported her missing, the family set up a Facebook page, and that’s where hospital workers got the information they needed to identify him.
“Taking personal property is one thing, but now they are increasingly violent towards victims,” Lew’s family said in a statement. “This must stop. City leaders need to do something about it and find and punish those responsible. »
As the police investigation continues into the case, Tee asks for prayers and support, in the hope that Lew can regain consciousness.
“We just have to pray hard that Mr. Lew wakes up and tells us about what happened,” Tee said.
Doctors at the hospital where Lew is being treated say he could be in a coma for weeks or even months, and his prognosis remains uncertain.
Anyone with information about the assault is encouraged to call Chicago police at 312-747-8380.