Man charged with attempted murder after driving truck into crowd in Chicago’s Logan Square

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 over the weekend, seriously injuring a woman.

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KELLY DAVIS: A witness took this video right after the pickup truck ran to a group of people picnicking in the Park. Police were quick to arrest the driver, 57-year-old Timothy Nielsen. He's now facing four counts of attempted murder.

The crash happened at 5:15 Saturday evening. Police say the truck intentionally jumped a curb and went up onto the grassy median on Logan Boulevard. Prosecutors described a disturbing chain of events in court this afternoon. They say Nielsen, who lives in the area, told a witness that he was quote, "annoyed with the yuppies on the Boulevard who were out there with their dogs." He followed up with, "Watch what I'm going to do." Police say that's when he drove his truck into the group injuring four people.

A 42-year-old woman was hit, and briefly trapped under the truck. Prosecutors say Nielsen continued to accelerate, but a Yeti cooler lodged under the truck was the only thing stopping it from going any farther. Several people grabbed Nielsen out of the truck, who prosecutors say then pulled out a knife. He was eventually taken down, and once police and paramedics arrived, Nielsen was taken into custody.

Nielsen has a criminal history that consists of kidnapping, extortion, and theft. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 10th. Live in Logan Square, I'm Kelly Davis, WJA News.