South suburban Chicago is not known as one of the hotbeds of the violence that plagues the city. But racial tensions in Chicago have been consistently high throughout the city’s history.
In Homewood, once of the city’s suburbs, an elderly woman was repeatedly stabbed in the grocery store, allegedly because she was black. Pol Danilov, a 26-year old who some think will be getting some serious prison time, told police that he attacked the old woman with a steak knife because she was black. He also reportedly said that she was “an easy target.”
“It’s insane, it’s crazy,” shopper Mark Soliday said to ABC7. “To actually just go out of your way to injure somebody like that out of sheer ugliness, it’s horrific. “
The attack occurred in plain sight of the other shoppers, who were all stunned to see what had transpired.
Cook County prosecutors claim that the 79-year old woman was stabbed four times, in the back and neck at Walt’s Food Store. The five inch knife also punctured the woman’s lungs during the brutal attack. The man didn’t leave the store after the stabbing; he remained there until police arrive and had him promptly under arrest.
“He believed the victim was vulnerable based on age and race,” police said.
Police say that the man has a history of racial disgust with black Americans. He has been placed under arrest on bail of $500,000. He is being charged with attempted murder for what his attack on the senior citizen. He is also being charged with a hate crime. Strangely enough, if he is convicted of these charges, this will be his first offense.
The woman who was attacked is fortunately expected to make a full recovery.