by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

June 25, 2021

CHICAGO — Chicago police arrested a suspect in the deadly stabbing of a Maryland graduate student in the Loop over the weekend.

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

Kimchi had been a doctoral student studying criminal justice at the University of Maryland, but had returned to Chicago, recently declared safe by Mayor Lightfoot, to visit friends and family.

The suspect is also being investigated in the attack of two other female victims earlier this month.  One attack was on June 10, 2021 in the 500 block of S Franklin, while the other was on June 13, 2021 in the 100 block of E. Congress Pkwy.

Mayor Lightfoot claimed earlier this week that CPD knew who stabbed Kimchi and that they were “scouring the various homeless encampments downtown.”

However, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan stopped short of claiming that investigators know who the attacker is during a later press conference.

“We are seeking the identity and the eventual arrest of the person who stabbed that female,” he said.

He did not reveal much else, other than there is footage of the attack and a cooperating witness.