Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Outside Nettelhorst School, Victim's Blood Remains 24 Hours After Boystown Stabbing

Blood remains outside Nettelhorst School after Monday's stabbing.
A witness to Monday afternoon’s stabbing in Boystown has emerged—along with photos of the victim’s blood still staining the sidewalk outside of Nettelhorst Elementary School, 3252 N. Broadway.

The witness, who asked not to be identified, said she saw the attack unfold around 2:30PM.

“I thought it was just a fight with the girl crying on a bench,” the woman said. “I went back this morning after reading your story and I realized there was blood all over by the bench where the girl slouched down.”

Police officers searched the area of Broadway and Melrose for a crime scene after the victim showed up at Presence St. Joseph Hospital, but they didn’t see any evidence of a stabbing. That’s because the stabbing actually happened at Broadway and Aldine on the north end of Nettelhorst School.

As we reported this morning, a series of possibly-related incidents preceded the stabbing.

• At 1:30PM, a woman called 911 to report that someone pulled a knife on her at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. The offender was described as having long hair and wearing a red hat with a black top and black pants. Responding police were unable to locate the caller.

• At 2:27PM, an officer on patrol was flagged down at Halsted and Aldine by a citizen who believed that they had just seen a person getting mugged or knocked out on the street. Everyone involved was last seen heading eastbound on Aldine toward Broadway in a black vehicle. The officer was unable to find the vehicle or anyone in distress.

• At 2:30PM, a UPS driver and a second person reported seeing a woman being attacked on the street outside of the Unabridged Bookstore near Broadway and Melrose. The callers reported that several people jumped out of a dark vehicle and beat a woman on the street. The group then got back into the vehicle and fled.  Officers were again unable to find a victim.

The bloodstains are located near a park bench across from Unabridged, the witness said.

According to witnesses, the attacker is a 20- to 25-year-old man dressed as a woman, standing about 5’8” tall and weighing about 120 pounds. The offender has long brown hair and wore a dark jacket, gray sweatpants with a pink stripe down the side, and black boots.

The victim, who was stabbed in the buttocks, has been released from the hospital.
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