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Warrant issued for second suspect in killing of Marine vet. thrown in front of train



An arrest warrant has been issued for a second man accused of attacking a former Marine who was shoved between Red Line train cars and dragged to his death.

The first-degree murder warrant was signed by a Criminal Court judge on Tuesday, one day after the 19-year-old man from Humboldt Park missed a hearing at the Skokie courthouse on an unrelated retail theft case, according to records.

The suspect hadn’t been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Chicago police.

Prosecutors have already charged Ryan Munn in the April 6 death of Mamadou Balde. The attack was captured on CTA surveillance cameras, and three witnesses identified Munn as one of the alleged attackers, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Christina Dracopoulos.

Near North District police officers recognized Munn and the second suspect from prior contact they’d had with both.

In court Sunday, prosecutors said the man being sought was standing on the platform with Munn when an intoxicated Balde struck up a conversation with him. During the brief exchange, Balde appeared to be smiling and joking with the unidentified man, despite momentarily raising his fists to his chin as if playfully “putting up his dukes,” prosecutors said.

But as Balde was smiling, the man allegedly punched Balde in the face, knocking him backward toward a stopped southbound train just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. As the attack continued, prosecutors said Munn joined in, throwing punches and shoving Balde until he fell between the cars of the slow-moving train.

Balde struggled to free himself as he was dragged along the platform and into a tunnel, where his head and upper body violently struck a metal partition, according to authorities. Following his arrest last Friday, Munn admitted taking a swing at Balde out of loyalty to his friend, but said he was only trying to push the victim to the ground.

Judge David R. Navarro ordered Munn held without bail.


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