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An employee stabbed by a man at a downtown Chicago Chase bank on Wednesday died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Jessica Vilaythong, 24, of Chicago, was identified as the stabbing victim and was eventually pronounced dead after being taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, the medical examiner’s office said Friday morning.

Police say the 24-year-old cashier was stabbed in the left side of the neck after having a “brief conversation” with a man while she was inside the bank at around 11:12 am Wednesday in Block 600 from North Dearborn.

“We are devastated by the passing of our colleague Jessica Vilaythong and extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time,” Chase said in a statement. “Jessica was a wonderful person and a valued employee. She was extremely outgoing, passionate, hardworking and quick to help clients. She will be sadly missed.”

Vilaythong graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, the school confirmed on Friday.

A suspect was being questioned about the stabbing, but charges were still pending Friday morning, authorities said.

The suspect interviewed was also charged with assaulting two women at Navy Pier in 2014, police said.

According to NBC 5 Investigates, the man was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Three years later, a judge ordered that he be sent to a mental health center.

Since the initial incident, the man has been charged with 11 felonies, including attempted murder and aggravated assault and battery, records show.


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