Man found not guilty by insanity of assaulting two women has been arrested for murder of female Chase employee who was stabbed in the neck at Chicago bank
- Chase Bank employee Jessica Vilaythong, 24, was stabbed in the neck and killed by a man who walked into the building and spoke to her briefly
- Police arrested a 35-year-old suspect arrested in 2014 for assaulting and robbing two women, but was found not guilty of insanity
- Officials have not yet identified the suspect and say the investigation is ongoing
- Witnesses saw the man with a knife nearby and covered in blood
- Chicago continues to be plagued by a surge in violent crime, with thefts, murders, shootings and sexual assaults
The suspect in the senseless murder of a Chase employee who was stabbed at one of the bank’s Chicago branches had previously been charged with assaulting two other women in 2014 but was found not guilty of insanity, police officials said.
Jessica Vilaythong, 24, was talking to a colleague inside the bank when a man entered the building and spoke briefly with Vilaythong before stabbing her in the neck on Wednesday.
Vilaythong died of her injuries on Thursday, and Chicago officers arrested 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 have arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing of Jessica Vilaythong. The suspect was arrested in 2014 for assaulting and robbing two women at Navy Pier
Vilaythong was transported to a nearby hospital, where she died of her injuries
The man was found not guilty of insanity and was released from a mental health center in 2017. NBC 5 reports.
Police have not yet identified the suspect and say the investigation is ongoing.
Witnesses said they saw the man brandishing the bloodied knife in the street after the attack, covered in blood.
“I saw a man with a knife – quite a large knife – with blood on it and he was running on steam, and then, 30 seconds later, all the officers started coming,” a witness said. Fox 32.
Jessica Vilaythong was talking to a Chase Bank colleague on the corner of Dearborn Street when the man came up to her and stabbed her in the neck
Police quickly arrived and arrested a suspect nearby
A Chase Bank spokesperson said in a statement: “We are shocked by the passing of our colleague Jessica Vilaythong and extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.
“Jessica was a wonderful person and a valued collaborator. She was extremely outgoing, passionate, hardworking and quick to help customers. We will miss her terribly.’
The stabbing happened just three days after a man was assaulted and robbed by two men around the corner on N. State Street.
Edwin Barone, 55, was assaulted in front of a crowd of people who watched the two men beat him in the middle of the street.
“No body has helped me,” Barone told Fox 21. “I hate that people are so insensitive.”
Theft, homicides, shootings and assaults continue to rise in Chicago
The crimes come as robbery, murders, shooting incidents and sexual assaults are all in Chicago, according to police statistics.
Thefts are up 10 percent from the same period last year, with 7,714 registered in 2021 compared to 6,989 in 2020.
The homicide rate, meanwhile, rose 3 percent, having registered 524 so far in 2021 compared to 510 in the same period last year.
The number of admissions also increased by 2,344 recorded in 2021 compared to 2,159 last year, an increase of about 9 percent.
Rape peaked at 25 percent, with 1,374 registered in 2021 compared to 1,103 last year.