Good morning, everyone. Sorry for not posting this earlier in time, but I've been somewhat busy. Anyway, according to a Chicago Breaking News article, two women were attacked with a bat in the wee hours of the morning on Friday.
The attack occurred in the 1800 block of North Damen at 3:30am. The two women, both college students (one being an exchange student from Ireland), were walking back to vitcim #1's home (not the exchange student) when a male Black, 27-34 yrs old, 5'7-5'9, medium complected, wearing a tan or light colored hooded sweatshirt struck them from behind and hit them in the back of the head with a baseball bat. He took off with their purses, and they fell unconscious. Both vitcims were then rushed to Illinois Masonic Hospital, one being in critical condition and the other being in serious condition. It's unknown if this point if they are still in the hospital.
Fact reporting is over on this end. Now, let's talk about this. Why does a man with a bat prey on two college women, in an area with a popular dog park (Churchill comes to mind) and half million dollar homes (and probably condos), no less? Of course, we could ask, why is there a man on the street with a bat at 3:30 in the morning, period. You mean to tell me that not ONE person saw the guy and didn't call 911 to report it? I'm sure someone HAD to see this guy. I'm not convinced that nobody saw him.
What can we as a community do to stop these kind of vicious attacks? More police presence? That wouldn't really work, the police have real manpower shortages and most of those cops in the 14th District refuse to protect and serve the citizens. Go to CAPS Beat meetings and complain? That really doesn't work, either, if you're just complaining about it. So, I'd like to know, what can we do? Before this guy does it again (I'm pretty sure this is the first of attacks he has planned).
If you know the guy, turn him in. Or, if you see him (provided description), call 911. Don't hesistate to. This guy is dangerous and he could prey on someone else next if we don't stop him.
I sure hope the vitcims are ok, and that this psycho that committed this disgusting crime pays the ultimate price for his act.
Update, 4/27/10: We have two arrests. Heriberto Viramontes, 30, of the 3100 block of N Springfield Avenue and Marcy Cruz, 25, were charged with aggravated battery and armed robbery. I'm glad these two are of the street. Here's the article.
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