Chicago police proceed to hunt for the homeless suspect who fatally stabbed a 31-year-old lady since recognized as a doctoral scholar learning prison justice on the College of Maryland throughout a brazen daylight assault over the weekend that occurred not removed from town’s monetary district.
Investigators say grainy surveillance video captured the second Anat Kimchi was attacked from behind round four p.m. Saturday within the 400 block of South Wacker Drive Saturday whereas strolling alongside the sidewalk close to Eisenhower Expressway. The unidentified suspect ran off and has not been apprehended.
“As you’ll be able to see, there’s a homeless encampment that’s adjoining to the place this crime scene is,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown informed reporters. “We suspect this seemingly is a homeless person who secreted themselves within the bushes and got here out and dedicated this heinous crime.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned at a press convention Monday that officers had been “scouring the assorted homeless encampments downtown” for the suspect answerable for the stabbing – however denied that the assault proves the touristy space close to Willis Tower is unsafe, the Chicago Solar Instances reported.
“We all know who he’s. We’ve received good movie of him,” she mentioned. “We consider he’s a homeless particular person.”
However Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan mentioned at a later press convention that police nonetheless “are searching for the id and the eventual arrest of the one who stabbed that feminine.” A witness informed police the suspect – described as a person round age 30 with dreadlocks and carrying a crimson bandanna, a darkish shirt and light-colored pants – got here out of D’Angelo Park and stabbed the girl, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The suspect fled and discarded his shirt, which was later discovered by police. Surveillance footage appeared to seize the suspect throwing the knife he used to stab the girl into the Chicago River, in response to the Tribune.
The broad-daylight stabbing occurred in an space often called The Loop, which is a couple of block from the Willis Tower, a well-liked vacationer vacation spot, and never removed from town’s monetary district, WJZ reported.
Brown on Saturday burdened that the girl was strolling in a secluded space nearer to the ramp to the expressway that’s not usually frequented by pedestrians. A dispatcher reported over police radio transmission that the girl was discovered mendacity on the sidewalk bleeding from the neck, WBBM-TV reported. Kimchi was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the place she was pronounced lifeless.
Brown mentioned police are utilizing surveillance video to observe the trail the suspect fled earlier than disappearing beneath the Interstate 290 overpass. He mentioned a minimum of one witness was cooperating with detectives.
Kimchi was a doctoral candidate on the College of Maryland within the division of criminology and prison justice. She beforehand attended highschool at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day College in Rockville, Md.
“Anat was already a notably achieved scholar, however extra importantly she was a outstanding lady who was beloved by family and friends,” College of Maryland Professor Gary LaFree wrote in an e-mail disseminated to the campus group, in response to Fox 32 Chicago.
“The College of Maryland grieves the lack of Anat Kimchi, a superb younger scholar,” the varsity added in an announcement. “We provide our condolences to her family and friends throughout this troublesome time.”
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day College arrange a web page to make donations in Kimchi’s honor. Her household mentioned Kimchi was in Chicago visiting pals and requested for privateness whereas they mourn her demise. Kimchi had labored with Alternative Analysis Associates in recent times on initiatives that targeted on disparities in probation sentences and evaluating the impression of putting feminine juvenile suspects in custody, the Instances reported.