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Jessica Vilaythong, 24, was talking to a co-worker inside the bank when a man entered the building and spoke briefly with Vilaythong before stabbing her in the neck on Wednesday.
Vilaythong died from her injuries Thursday, and Chicago agents detained a 35-year-old man who had been arrested for assaulting and robbing two 55-year-old women at Navy Pier in 2014.
Chicago police arrested a suspect for the fatal stabbing of Jessica Vilaythong. The suspect was arrested in 2014 for assaulting and robbing two women at Navy Pier.
Vilaythong was taken to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries.
The man had been found not guilty on grounds of insanity and had been released from a mental health facility in 2017, reports NBC 5.
Robberies, Murders, Shooting Incidents, and Sexual Assaults Continue to Rise in Chicago
Crime comes at a time when robberies, murders, shooting incidents and sexual assaults are on the rise in Chicago, according to police statistics.
Thefts were up 10 percent from the same period last year, with 7,714 recorded in 2021 compared to 6,989 in 2020.
Meanwhile, murders saw a 3 percent increase, with 524 recorded so far in 2021 compared to 510 in the same period last year.
Shootings also increased with 2,344 recorded in 2021 compared to 2,159 last year, an increase of about 9 percent.
Rapes saw the most dramatic increase of 25 percent, with 1,374 recorded in 2021 compared to 1,103 last year.
Police have not identified the suspect and said the investigation was still ongoing.
Witnesses said they saw the man brandishing the bloody knife in the street after the attack, covered in blood.
“ I saw a guy with a knife, a pretty big knife, with blood and he was running with a steam head, and then 30 seconds later all the cops started to arrive, ” a witness told Fox 32.
Jessica Vilaythong was talking to a co-worker at the Chase Bank on the corner of Dearborn Street when the man approached her and stabbed her in the neck.
Police arrived at the scene quickly and were able to arrest a nearby suspect.
A spokesperson for Chase Bank said in a statement: “We are devastated by the passing of our colleague Jessica Vilaythong and extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.
“Jessica was a wonderful person and a valuable employee. She was extremely outgoing, passionate, hardworking, and quick to help clients. We will miss her very much. ”
The stabbing occurred just three days after a man was mugged and robbed by two men around the corner on N. State Street.
Edwin Barone, 55, was attacked in front of a crowd of people who saw the two men beat him in the middle of the street.
“Nobody helped me,” Barone told Fox 21. “I think it’s terrible that people are so insensitive.”