Brookfield police say they are actively seeking the arrest of a 29-year-old Chicago man they suspect of stabbing a 26-year-old Berwyn man during a family party at a residence in the 4000 block of Prairie Avenue on May 21 just before 9 p.m.

The suspect had fled the scene before police arrived, according to Police Chief Michael Kuruvilla, who confirmed the victim had suffered a stab wound to the left side of his chest and was transported by paramedics to a hospital where he underwent surgery. The victim is expected to survive, Kuruvilla said.

According to Kuruvilla, the two men knew each other and were attending a family party when they got into a verbal altercation “over family matters.” Others attending the party separated the two men, and the alleged offender left the room and then returned, presumably with the knife, said Kuruvilla, and stabbed the victim. 

Because the suspect was said to have fled the scene on foot, Brookfield police called in officers from about a dozen departments, including a police dog from North Riverside, to establish a perimeter and search the area. They also requested a helicopter, but that unit was not available.

Police received multiple 911 calls, said Kuruvilla, and police first secured the scene to allow paramedics to render aid to the victim. The investigation remains active.

“Now we’re trying to track [the suspect] down,” Kuruvilla said.