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Woman Choked, Pulled to Ground Outside Target

A woman called the police over the weekend saying she believed an abrupt highway merge led a driver to become so angry that he followed her into a parking lot, chased and assaulted her.

An 18-year-old Peotone woman called over the weekend after an abrupt merge onto Interstate 80 and an unsettling interaction with a fellow motorist, she was chased and choked outside a supermarket. 

The woman told police that around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, she was on I-57, merging onto I-80 as a construction zone was approaching, forcing her to quickly make the lane change. After her merge, she noticed a dark-colored Buick LeSabre tailing her very closely. She took the Harlem Avenue exit hoping the driver wouldn't follow her, but he did, the report said.

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The woman then parked her vehicle behind the Vision Works store in the 7200 block of West 191st Street. She noticed the Buick parking in the same area just a few spots away, police said. 

"(The victim) got out of her vehicle and began to run to Super Target, which was across the parking lot from where she parked," the report said. "As (she) ran … the unknown male subject ran after her, approached her from behind, grabbed her by the throat and began pulling her backwards."

He threw her to the ground, where police later found one of her earrings, and then sprinted back to his car as the woman called 911. The man was alone in the Buick, the woman said. She said there were no words, facial expressions or hand gestures exchanged on the highway and the man never spoke to her. 

Trace Ambulance paramedics tended to a small scrape on her left arm. She refused further treatment.

Police had several leads on the incident Monday including surveillance footage from at least two nearby businesses. The case remained under investigation around 8 p.m. Aug. 28.

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Opinion 1 August 28, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Why would you park your car near VisionWorks at 11:30 pm, then get out of your car and run to Super Target at 11:30 pm?..Then call the police? Why would you not stay in your car while you are on the phone with the police so they can know your exact location and would have been able to stop this person before he became your attacker? Lesson here - NEVER GET OUT OF YOUR CAR!! Stay on the phone with the police - who are there to protect you!
Chester Rook August 28, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Opinion, I thought the same thing as you, but then I thought a little longer about it. I'm not disagreeing with you, but if I put myself in this woman's situation I can kind of see what she was thinking. I think it was dumb for her to park at VisionWorks, and then try to run to Target, but it may have been even more dumb to park the car and stay in it. This woman had no idea if this guy had a gun or other weapon. And if he had a gun, she'd be a sitting duck. So my guess is she decided to run to an area that may be more populated (even if it wasn't). Obviously this woman was scared and wasn't thinking clearly or I'm sure she would have done the sensible thing: call the police while she was still driving in her car.
cragz August 28, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Take it from me, its really hard to try to call the police while you're trying to pay attention to the road when someone is on you like that. I had it happen once, road rager trying to run me off the road. I did manage to call the police, but I almost hit a curb in my panic. And I think she was trying to lose the person. She probably should have waited until the person got out of the car and then peeled off in her own car, but hind sight is always 20/20. I think she did the smart thing by running towards Target to get to a lighted, public area. Though, not sure how public it was that late at night. Regardless, I'm glad she's ok and I hope they find the guy!
Carrie Frillman August 29, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I'm on your wavelength, Chester. Let's keep in mind that she is also 18 years old.
Mary Carumba August 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Illinois is the only state in America where you cannot carry a gun. This is a prime example of why that is wrong. We have the right to protect ourselves according to the constitution........ just not in Illinois.
PepeMal August 29, 2012 at 06:21 PM
How is this a prime example of why that is wrong? Let the police do their job. Yes, it will be unfortunate if the guy is not caught, but who is to say her having a gun would have fixed everything?
Mary Carumba August 30, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I'm sure she wouldn't have been assaulted by this maniac if she had the legal right to defend herself when her life was endangered. That's why being the only state in the country to not allow concealed carry is wrong sweetheart.
David August 31, 2012 at 06:51 PM
@Mary - Amen. Carry Conceal will be coming. I'm 99% sure of that. If it doesn't become law soon. I can see people taking the law into their own hands and that would be far worse. Let's get people trained and protected. Time for the good guys to have a say so in their own life / death decisions . @PepeMal - You're naive if you think the Police will protect you in this situation. It is NOT POSSIBLE for them to protect someone in this situation-EVER. I work for the Police so I'm very pro police and I can tell you 4-6 min is too long to wait when someone has a gun to your head (literally or figuratively) It takes less than a second to sever someone's spine with a choke hold. NO POLICE could EVER respond to that. Only the ambulance and coroner. She got VERY lucky. If she were armed, there were (statistically) only two results. HE flees (most likely scenario ) or HE dies - She lives. No assault. No police (unless she shoots) just a pair of dirty underwear from the guy who just got lucky she was trained with her firearm.
Harry Callahan September 02, 2012 at 03:47 AM
What was this girl doing at 11.30 at night at 191 st and harlem if she lived in Peotone and entered I80 at I57 going west was she going to work or out prowling,and what did she do that got this guy so angry,well Chester "MAKE MY DAY".
Harry Callahan September 02, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Hey Carrie?? If your on the same wavelength as Chester,whats this world coming too?????
Emily Valentine September 03, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Something isn't right about her story. I bet it comes out that she's lying. Is there even anyone still at Target that time of night??? And even if they are why would the employees let her in the store? I'd think they would just call 911 from inside the store and let the police handle it.

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