CHICAGO — A 57-year-old Chicago man has been charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder after driving his pickup truck into a crowd of pedestrians in Logan Square Saturday, seriously injuring a 42-year-old woman.
Police said Timothy Nielsen, 57, of the 2400 block of North Campbell Avenue, was arrested on Saturday after he intentionally jumped a curb in his vehicle and drove at a group of people gathered for a picnic just after 5:15 p.m. in the 2900 block of West Logan Boulevard.
A 42-year-old woman was struck and was briefly trapped underneath the vehicle, sustaining serious injuries from the collision.
Nielsen was immediately placed into custody and charged. He has been denied bail following a court appearance Monday.
Prosecutors said Nielsen, who lives in the area, was “annoyed with yuppies on the boulevard who were out there with their dogs.” Following a verbal altercation, Neilsen followed up with “watch what I’m going to do,” before driving his truck into the group.
Prosecutors say Neilsen continued to accelerate, but a Yeti cooler lodged under the truck prevented the vehicle from moving further. Several people then grabbed Neilsen, prosecutors added. He allegedly pulled out a knife but was eventually taken down by bystanders and restrained until the arrival of first responders.
Neilsen, who prosecutors revealed has a criminal history involving kidnapping, extortion and theft, is due to appear in court on May 10.