Chicago man charged in alleged stabbing of Chase bank employee

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A Chicago man has been charged in the brutal stabbing death of a Chase bank employee inside the branch in what authorities described as a random attack. 

Jessica Vilaythong, 24, was inside the bank when she was stabbed on her neck around 11 a.m. after “having a brief conversation” with a man, police said. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later died.

Jawaun Westbrooks, 35, a Chicago resident, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death, authorities said Friday. 

Jawaun Westbrooks, 35, a Chicago resident, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of a Chase bank employee. 
(Chicago Police Department )

Westbrooks was also charged in 2014 with attacking two women with a hammer at Navy Pier, police said. 

“I saw a guy with a knife, a pretty big knife, with blood on it and he was running with a head of steam,” an eyewitness to the attack, who did not want to be identified, told the news outlet.

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