Witness says victim of attempted robbery ‘a bloody mess’

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A 60-year-old woman is recovering at a hospital Friday night after someone tried to snatch her purse.

It happened late Thursday night on the 4100 block of West Eddy. Gerry Klemm saw the man run off, but didn’t get a good look at his face.

“I was inside watching television last night when I started hearing the screams. I opened the door, went out to sidewalk. The man who was running east down Eddy Street,” she said. “All I could see was the dark clothes and hoodie.”

She says the victim was in terrible shape after the attack.

“She was a bloody mess, still screaming when I got on the phone with police and told them to get an ambulance here. She needed it,” Klemm said.

Police say the man demanded the victim’s purse, but she wouldn’t let it go. She fought back, and he ran off. She was rushed to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Lakeview.

West Eddy Street on Chicago’s Northwest Side is a quiet and attractive community. Neighbors say everyone knows each other, and that violent crime in the area is extremely rare.

“We have some spots of issues, gangs and break-ins,” said neighborhood Cynthia Lett. But, she was “surprised” and “disappointed” to hear about Thursday night’s attack.

“This neighborhood has been so good,” Klemm said. “It’s nothing we expect around this neighborhood at all.”

No arrests have been made.

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