Man, 57, charged with attempted first-degree murder after hitting woman with pickup truck in Logan Square

Chicago Crime

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.

Authorities place Timothy Nielsen under arrest after he after he allegedly jumped a curb in his vehicle and drove at a group of people.

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.

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