Armed Robbery with a Baseball Bat: Two Women Seriously Hurt on Damen in Bucktown Attack

Crime Scene: Viaduct near Churchill Field Dog Park was blocked by police tape for several hours after the crime.

UPDATE: SUSPECT APPREHENDED … Cell phone records from the victims’ stolen cell phones, and account information from the victims’ stolen credit cards held by the women helped lead to the suspect. A bat has been recovered. … Charges are pending.

Chicago police responded 3:30 a.m. Friday to an armed robbery in the 1800 block of North Damen Avenue in Chicago. Two women were to the home of another woman when an offender came from behind and hit them on the back of their heads with a baseball bat.

A 23-year-old female foreign exchange student from Ireland, Natasha McShane, was knocked unconscious and listed in critical condition. She has been enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. A 24-year-old woman, Stacy Jurich, was also injured is listed in serious condition, but was able to give a description of the offender before she lost consciousness.

The offender was described as a male/black, age 27 to 34, 5’7″ to 5’9″ with a medium complexion. The offender was wearing a light colored hoodie sweatshirt. The told the police the offender hit them with the bat and stole their purses.

Both women were transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital.

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