35-year-old man charged with first-degree murder of Chase Bank employee following stabbing

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO — A Chase employee has died after being stabbed in the neck at a bank on the city’s Near North Side and the man suspected of the crime was charged Friday with first-degree murder.

The employee, a 24-year-old woman, has been identified as Jessica Vilaythong.

Police said the attack happened around 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Chase branch located at 600 North Dearborn. The woman was inside the bank lobby when a man, later identified as Jawaun Westbrooks entered and allegedly stabbed her in the neck.

Vilaythong was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, but was pronounced dead Friday.

Chicago police said Jawaun Westbrooks was arrested just before 4 p.m. on Wednesday. He has been subsequently charged with first-degree murder, CPD said in a Friday news conference.

Chase Bank released the following statement:

“We are devastated by the passing of our colleague Jessica Vilaythong and extend our deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time. Jessica was a wonderful person and valued employee. She was extremely outgoing, passionate, hardworking, and quick to help clients. We will miss her greatly.”

Brian Hanover | Head of U.S. Regional Communications | JPMorgan Chase 

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