The would-be carjacker hit her within the head as she entered her parked automobile at 12:20 p.m. within the 2400 block of West forty second Avenue, Chicago police mentioned.
The assault left her bruised and battered, however Isabel Cruz simply might’ve been killed.
“I nonetheless cannot even imagine that I am alive proper now,” she mentioned. “And I simply have a black eye.”
Cruz had simply left a meals mart within the Brighton Park neighborhood and was about to get in her automobile when she noticed a lady method.
“I unlocked my automobile door, and it was perhaps an inch open,” Cruz mentioned. “That is when she ran up and hit me within the face with a crowbar. And all I felt was simply blood coming down. I assumed that my eye was utterly gone.”
As the girl tried to tug open her automobile door, Cruz mentioned she someway fought her off, bought within the automobile and hit the locks.
Cruz mentioned the attacker took extra swings with the crowbar, scraping the window and shattering the facet mirror earlier than operating off.
“Pure terror. I am fairly certain the entire experience coming again I used to be screaming,” Cruz mentioned.
Carjackings in Chicago have been on the rise, greater than doubling in 2020 from the 12 months earlier than. Final month, Chicago police held a digital city corridor to speak about options.
“I really feel like now folks need to be extra on guard, even simply strolling to your automobile,” Cruz mentioned.
Final 12 months, all 22 Chicago Police districts noticed a rise in carjackings, with these thefts taking place within the metropolis on the fee of 4 per day.
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