A 35-yr-outdated male was ordered held devoid of bail Saturday days immediately after prosecutors say he fatally stabbed a worker at a Chase Lender branch whilst sporting a unique Disney princess shirt which led to his arrest.
Jawaun Westbrooks was billed with first-diploma murder in Wednesday’s slaying of Jessica Vilaythong, 24, who was assisting a customer in her cubicle space when Westbrooks entered the financial institution that morning, Cook County prosecutors said in the course of a bond hearing.
Vilaythong left her cubicle to assistance Westbrooks, and at initially he walked earlier her, but then turned all-around, pulled out a knife from his waistband and stabbed her in the still left side of her neck prior to fleeing, prosecutors mentioned.
Vilaythong screamed and “was bleeding profusely,” prosecutors said. A witness took off his shirt to put tension on her wound.
The attack was captured on digital camera, and images were being distributed to officers displaying Westbrooks donning “unique clothes,” including a black Disney princess shirt at the time of the stabbing, prosecutors stated.
Hours afterwards, Westbrooks was spotted going into a Walgreens in the initial block of North State Street. Officers confronted Westbrooks, who had rearranged his clothes but had unsuccessful to conceal the Disney shirt, prosecutors mentioned. A search allegedly exposed a significant searching knife holstered in a sheath on Westbrooks’ right ankle.
He was positively discovered as the attacker by a witness, according to prosecutors.
Vilaythong died the following day at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
“Jessica was a great individual and valued employee,” Chase Bank stated in a statement. “She was incredibly outgoing, passionate, hardworking, and brief to enable clientele. We will overlook her drastically.”
Westbrooks, whose household has reported he struggles with psychological ailment, has had a number of operate-ins with the law in modern yrs. In 2014, he was accused of of attacking two gals with a hammer as they walked on the lakefront route near Navy Pier.
He was billed with two felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder in that incident. Westbrooks was later uncovered not responsible by explanation of madness, according to court documents.
At the time of that attack, Westbrooks was on parole for a felony conviction of attempted robbery, prosecutors explained. The incident transpired in Oct 2012, and Westbrooks was sentenced to two yrs in jail.
In 2010, he was billed with aggravated battery to a peace officer following pushing a person officer and punching a different in the Gold Coastline, prosecutors claimed.
Westbrooks is a lifelong resident of Cook County and is at the moment homeless, in accordance to a public defender, who added that Westbrooks “does not recall what he was picked up for.”
Westbrooks was upcoming anticipated to seem in courtroom Sept. 8.