Story updated below, after charges filed on Friday.
CHICAGO - The young woman, identified as 24-year-old, Jessica Vilaythong, who was stabbed at a Chase Bank branch on the corner of Dearborn and Ohio in River North just after 11 a.m. on Wednesday, has died from her injuries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
On Thursday morning, officials had improved her condition from critical to serious.
A motive behind the attack is still unclear, but a suspect is in custody and charges are pending.
NBC5 Chicago reported that the suspect is a 35-year-old man who was charged with two counts of aggravated battery and use of a deadly weapon after he tried to rob two 55-year-old women along the lakefront in the summer of 2014. He then hit them both in the face with a hammer, police said.
The man was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Three years later, a judge ordered that he be sent to a mental health center.
NBC5 Investigates also found that, since the initial incident, the man has been charged with 11 felonies, including attempted murder and aggravated battery, records show.
UPDATE: Jawaun Westbrooks has been charged with first-degree murder, CPD said in a Friday news conference. They believe Jessica Vilaythong was attacked at random.
Notes & References
D'Onofrio, Jessica. “Charges Pending in Stabbing at Chase Bank Chicago Branch That Left Worker Critically Hurt.” ABC7 Chicago. WLS-TV, September 2, 2021. https://abc7chicago.com/chase-bank-stabbing-chicago-600-n-dearborn-downtown/10993788/. ↩︎
NBC Chicago. “Suspect in Chase BANK Stabbing Connected to 2014 Navy PIER Hammer Attack.” NBC Chicago. NBC Chicago, September 2, 2021. https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/suspect-in-chase-bank-stabbing-found-as-same-man-charged-with-navy-pier-hammer-attack-in-2014/2604611/. ↩︎
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