Two sisters are accused of stabbing a store security guard 27 times with a small knife after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer, according to prosecutors.
Neither Jessica Hill, 21 nor her sister Jayla, 18 â€” a recent Simeon Academy graduate â€” had a criminal history before the Sunday evening attack in the 3200 block of West Roosevelt Road in the Homan Square neighborhood, prosecutors told a judge during a bail hearing broadcast on YouTube.
Each sister is charged with attempted first-degree murder and was ordered held without bail by Judge Mary C. Marubio, who cited the â€śrandomnessâ€ť of the attacks, as well as statements from witnesses and surveillance that captured video and audio of the confrontation.
The sisters entered the store around 6 p.m., around closing, but refused to wear a face mask or use hand sanitizer, as many businesses require patrons to do during the COVID-19 pandemic, prosecutors said in court.
During a quarrel with the 6-foot-5, 270-pound security guard, the women were both asked to leave but they refused and began hitting him with a garbage can, authorities said.
While Jayla Hill held the guardâ€™s hair, her older sister pulled a small knife concealed in a comb and stabbed the man in the head and torso, prosecutors told the judge.
The guard was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for 27 puncture wounds that did not require surgery or stitches, authorities said.
The womenâ€™s court-appointed attorney argued that the stabbing was self-defense and that both women suffered from bipolar disorder.
Both women are expected to return to court next week.
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