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Woman loses eyesight in Rogers Park knife attack

Updated: January 21, 2014 11:14AM



A woman lost her eyes in a brutal stabbing outside her Rogers Park home Thursday morning during an argument with a man she knew, police said.

A police officer responded to a call about the attack — in the vestibule of the victim’s apartment building — at 6:15 a.m. in the 1600 block of West Touhy and found the 23-year-old suspect standing over the woman, who is 21, authorities said.

The officer took the suspect into custody and sought medical help for the woman, who was in serious condition at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

Authorities said the attack blinded the woman, who suffered stab wounds to eyes, her skull and her right cheek. A wound to her left thigh punctured an artery, and tendons in both of her wrists were severed.

The man suffered wounds to his hands and a forearm. He was treated at St. Francis and released into police custody.

The man’s criminal history includes a 2009 guilty plea on charges of theft and battery. He was sentenced to court supervision for those crimes.

In 2011, he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but the case was dismissed, records show.

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