Jose A. James-Jimenez, of unincorporated Arlington Heights/Palatine Township, who is the suspect in a chainsaw attack near 559-561 West Golf Road in southern Arlington Heights almost completely severed the arm of his victim, according to Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Maria McCarty. The victim’s forearm was almost completely severed by the cutting action of the chainsaw during the attack about 1:00 p.m. Monday June 19, 2017.
McCarthy said the bone in the male victim’s left forearm was “completely severed and the forearm was only attached by a portion of skin and a tendon.” That would mean the chainsaw, designed to cut through tree branches and small trees, cut through two long bones of the forearm — the radius and the ulna.
“This is as close to a first-degree murder charge as you can get.”
— Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Maria McCarthy
In addition to the chainsaw attack, Jose A. Jaimes-Jiminez, of the 4000 block of Bonhill Drive in unincorporated Arlington Heights/Palatine Township, faces attempted murder charges because he is accused of ramming his car head-on into the other man’s car with enough force to cause both air bags deployed. Jaimes-Jiminez was also charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery.
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Suspect Jose A. Jaimes-Jiminez and the man met three days earlier at a store, when an argument occurred and Jaimes-Jiminez told the man they would talk later.
The male victim and the suspect’s wife were preparing to leave their workplace parking lot in the male victim’s vehicle about lunchtime when the attack occurred.
Suspect Jose A. Jaimes-Jiminez blocked the victim’s vehicle, and got out of his car, and swung a chainsaw at the victim and his wife.
The victim attempted to exit the parking lot another way with the suspect’s wife still in the vehicle (a silver car).
The male victim’s girlfriend, who is also the suspect’s wife, were in the male victim’s car when the suspect crashed into it head-on (on the west side of the parking lot).
After the crash, suspect Jose A. Jaimes-Jimenez again exited his vehicle (a blue car) carrying a running chain saw.
The offender chased the victim around the damage cars until the male victim stumbled and fell to the ground (on the east side of the parking lot).
The victim’s forearm was almost completely severed by the cutting action of the chainsaw as the victim raised his arms to protect his head and torso.
The victim managed to kick the suspect in the groin and escape by running into the office complex workplace.
According to McCarthy, doctors at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights inserted a metal plate and pins into the male victim’s arm during surgery. Blood loss was so extensive that the victim was still receiving blood transfusions late Tuesday afternoon, more than 24 hours after the attack.
The victim, who also suffered cuts to his right elbow and a superficial cut to his stomach.
Witnesses reported seeing blood spurting out of the victim as he ran for shelter into his workplace, and reported the scene inside involved a lot of blood loss. Witnesses also reported that the chainsaw jammed, which allowed one or two men at the office complex to help the victim escape. Witnesses reported that the suspect appeared angry and frustrated that the chainsaw jammed. A witness also reported the suspect ran by him, chasing the victim toward the office complex while oblivious to anyone standing nearby, except the victim.
The suspect’s wife and several of her co-workers witnessed the event and identified Jaimes-Jiminez to police, according to Arlington Heights police.
The defendant removed his shirt, pants and shoes, and was found by the first arriving police officer lying on the ground in his underwear about 10 feet north of the chainsaw. Jaimes-Jiminez told police he removed his clothes so they would know he was not armed, according to McCarthy.
Jaimes-Jiminez told police he works trimming trees and uses a chainsaw at work. He told police he became enraged after seeing his wife and the man leaving work together and wanted to “hurt the victim and send a message,” according to McCarthy.
Jose A. Jaimes-Jiminez was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery. Court records show that a bond hearing held Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. resulted in Jaimes-Jimenez being ordered held on $2,500,000 bond.
Jaimes-Jiminez faces up to 30 years in prison, if convicted of attempted murder. His next scheduled court date is July 14, 2017 at Rolling Meadows Cook County Circuit Court. Jaimes-Jimenez, 5’10” 175 LBS is being held at Cook County Jail Division 11 at 26th and California Avenue in Chicago.
Jaimes-Jimenez, age 27, 5’10” 175 LBS, lives in an apartment at 4067 Bonhill Drive near Lake Cook Road and Route 53 in unincorporated Arlington Heights/Palatine Township.
Jose A. Jaimes-Jiminez Attempted Murder Suspect.
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