Skokie woman stabbed unloading groceries from car

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A 59-year-old woman was attacked, apparently with a knife, and her vehicle was stolen in Skokie Saturday afternoon.

Skokie Police arrived at the 4800 block of Carol St. around 12:30 p.m. after receiving a 911 call that a woman had been carjacked and stabbed twice.

Police say she was bringing groceries in from her car when a man approached her and demanded her purse.  When she refused, they started struggling, that’s when he stabbed her in the back and hand before jumping into her car and speeding off.


Family members identify the victim as Raisa Girel, who has lived in the neighborhood with her husband for about 10 years.

“She was taking groceries, attacked in the alley; they got her keys her wallet, and took the car.”

Her son, Sergey, said she will make a full recovery from her injuries.  She was taken to Evanston Hospital.

Sergey said he is “Shocked,” and “Didn’t’ expect something like this to happen.”

Skokie Police have only released a vague description of the suspect: he is described as a white male between the ages of 20-25; he was wearing a black jacket with a hood.

He fled the scene in a 2004 silver Toyota Highlander with license plate number 7118755.

Neighbors say they are being extra careful when leaving or coming home.

“I was just startled, this is Skokie,” Jennifer Cassidy said, “You don’t hear about that type of stuff.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Skokie Police Department at 847-982-5900.

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