CHICAGO — A homeless man was charged with trying to stab a man in River North on Saturday, police said.
Darius Kaporavski, 39, was trying to pick up homeless people in his van to take them to his home to shower when he encountered a 32-year-old homeless man about 8 a.m. Saturday in the 200 block of East Hubbard Street, according to the Chicago Police Department.
The homeless man got into Kaporavski's van and then attempted to stab him, police said.
"He jumped at me," Kaporavski said. "He was trying to pull his knife out, and he stabbed me in my hand."
At that point, the homeless man tried to pull the van's keys from the ignition, Kaporavski said. So Kaporavski stopped at an intersection.
"He hit me in my face and then he grabbed my keys," Kaporavski said. "Then he started up the car."
Police said Kaporavski held onto the van as the homeless man pulled away. The man then crashed the van and ran away; he was arrested a short while later.
Police said Kaporavski refused to sign complaints. He told WGN News, "Only God can judge you. We should forgive him his sin. That's why I said I don't want to press charges."
The homeless man was charged with reckless conduct and unlawful use of a weapon (knife).