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A Chicago man has been accused of brutally stabbing a Chase bank employee at the branch in what authorities called an accidental attack.
Jessica Vilaythong, 24, was at the bank when she was stabbed in the neck at around 11 a.m. after a “brief conversation” with a man, police said. They took her to the hospital in critical condition and later died.
Jawaun Westbrooks, 35, of Chicago, is charged with first degree murder in connection with the stabbing, authorities said Friday.
Supt. David O. Brown @ChiefDavidBrown announces that Jawaun Westbrooks,35,of Chicago,is Charged with First Degree Murder in the Stabbing Death of a 24-Year-Old @Chase Bank Employee at 600 N. Dearborn on Sept.1, 2021 @ChicagoCAPS18 @Area3Detectives #ChicagoPolice pic.twitter.com/OFiNH4ZQex
— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) September 3, 2021
Westbrooks was also charged in 2014 with punching two women at Navy Pier, police said.
Fox 32 Chicago reported that Vilaythong graduated from the University of Illinois last year.
“We are devastated by the disappearance of our colleague Jessica Vilaythong and extend our condolences to her family and loved ones at this incredibly difficult time,” Chase said in a statement to Fox News. “Jessica was a wonderful person and a great collaborator. She was extremely outgoing, passionate, hardworking and was quick to help clients. She will be sadly missed.”
Witnesses told investigators they saw a man yelling at pedestrians with a knife in his hand. Presumably, he entered the bank just before the knife was stabbed.
“I saw a man with a knife, a fairly big knife, with blood and he ran with a steam head,” said a witness to the attack who did not wish to be identified.