|Blood remains outside Nettelhorst School after Monday's stabbing.|
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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