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The attacks occurred July 8, 2014 in downtown Chicago near Navy Pier.
One of the victims -- both unidentified and presumed to be white -- required 25 to 30 stitches to close her head wound.
The women were approached from behind and struck in the face with a hammer.
The women were strolling on a bike path at the time of the attacks.
Jawaun Westbrook, 28, was free on parole at the time of the attack. He had been convicted of two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer.
From our news source we read:
After the attack Westbrook ran southbound on Lake Shore Drive, Scaduto said. Bikers witnessed the attack near the popular tourist spot. Police, including bike patrol officers, arrested Westbrook and identified as the attacker, she said.
Reached by telephone, Westbrook’s mother, Theresa Jones, 53, said her son began showing signs of mental illness at age 18 and was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She said she has tried for years to have her son hospitalized, but no one will take him unless he’s a threat to himself or others. He refuses to take his medication, she said.
He most recently was released from a hospital last month after being found walking naked down Lake Shore Drive, she said. And in recent days he had taken to calling 911, speaking gibberish and telling her if the police came he would fight them.
She said she left the family home one day when he told her “I’ll kill you,” but didn’t think she could call police for help because he hadn’t done anything to threaten her physically. Jones last saw her son on Sunday.
“I’ve been trying to find help for him, but it seemed like no one is willing to help,” she said, recalling the last time that she called police she was told officers couldn't do anything.
“I’m sorry that that happened to them,” she said of the two victims from the Tuesday night attack. “But that’s what I’m trying to say, if the hospital would not let them out...if they made (him) take their medication, this world would probably be a safer place.”
Hammer control has not be discussed, to our knowledge.
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