Sisters 'stab store security guard 27 times' after being asked to wear a mask

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Two sisters are accused of stabbing a security guard 27 times after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitiser.

The alleged attack occurred at an athletic apparel store named Snipes in Chicago, US, about 6pm (local time) on Sunday, according to local publication WGN9.

Chicago police spokeswoman Karie James said an argument began when sisters Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, were asked by the store’s security guard to wear face masks and use sanitiser.

Pictured are Jayla Hill (left), 18, Jessica Hill (right), 21, after their arrests.
Jayla Hill (left), 18, and Jessica Hill (right), 21, are accused of stabbing a security guard after he asked them not to wear a face mask. Source: Chicago Police Department via AP

One of the women punched the man before Jessica allegedly pulled a knife from her back pocket and began stabbing the 32-year-old man, Ms James said.

Jayla allegedly held him in place by his hair.

The man was stabbed in his chest, back and arms, and is in hospital in a critical condition, the police spokeswoman said.

The women were arrested at the scene of the attack and both were treated for minor lacerations at a nearby hospital.

The exterior of Chicago athletic apparel store named Snipes. Source: WGN9
The alleged attack occurred at an athletic apparel store named Snipes. Source: WGN9

They appeared in court on Tuesday (local time) and both sisters were charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to WGN9.

During the bond hearing before Cook County Circuit Judge Mary C. Marubio, the women’s court-appointed attorney said the stabbing was self defence, adding both women suffered from a bipolar disorder.

Prosecutors said the guard never approached either women before the attack.

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