by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

June 22, 2021

CHICAGO — A Maryland graduate student working on her doctoral degree in criminology and criminal justice was stabbed to death in the Loop over the weekend.

Anat Kimchi, 31, was stabbed in the back while walking in the 400 block of South Wacker Drive at 4 p.m. Saturday, according to Chicago police.  Kimchi was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

No suspects have been identified as of Monday morning, and no description of the perpetrator has been published.  Kimchi graduated from the University of Maryland with a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice in 2017 and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and criminology.

According to Choice Research Associates, where Kimchi had worked as a consultant in recent years, she was interested in courts, sentencing, and corrections.

Police Superintendent David Brown said over the weekend that investigators were looking at police camera footage that could have captured the perpetrator.  Despite the graininess of the tape, Brown stated that at least one witness was cooperating with police.

Brown speculated that the attacker was homeless, pointing to a nearby homeless encampment beneath the Interstate 290 overpass.  Brown speculated that the culprit may have hidden himself in the thickets and surprised Kimchi. 

The incident took place a block from Willis Tower, in a neighborhood that also includes the Old Chicago Main Post Office and Union Station.