A 41-year-old man accused of “terrorizing the city center” after allegedly attacking three women, killing one, for nine days this month, was held without bail on Saturday.
Tony Robinson faces a first degree murder charge in the fatal stabbing of a Maryland graduate student in The Loop last weekend, as well as armed robbery and aggravated battery charges in connection with two other attacks in the city center.
“This defendant has, for lack of a better term, [been] terrorizing downtown over the crimes with which it is now charged, ”Deputy State Attorney James Murphy said at a bail hearing.
Judge Charles Beach later admitted that Robinson had terrorized the downtown area, saying: “I don’t think this is an unfair statement in any way.
“These types of attacks and the randomness and violence cause fear … The randomness of that is hard to explain and it’s hard to adapt to, and frankly, it’s an act of terrorism on the community when it happens that way, ”Beach said.
At around 4 p.m. on June 19, Anat Kimchi, 31, was walking in the 400 block of South Wacker Drive when Robinson approached her from behind and stabbed her in the neck and upper back, Murphy said.
A witness, who was in a nearby park at the time of the murder, told investigators that initially it appeared Robinson was trying to rob Kimchi, although he only took on a sweater, Murphy said.
The witness ran to help Kimchi and had a brief confrontation with Robinson, who told the passerby “he didn’t want anything he had,” Murphy said. The injured Kimchi gave her phone to the witness, who called 911 and detained her until help arrived.
Kimchi, who was in town visiting friends, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she died.
Surveillance video captured Robinson fleeing south on Upper Wacker Drive before descending back down to Lower Wacker Drive, Murphy said.
The video also reportedly showed Robinson throwing a knife into the Chicago River, removing the shirt he wore in the attack and leaving it near a small homeless settlement where he lived, about 200 feet from the scene. from the stab.
Investigators then found this shirt, which contained DNA samples matching Robinson, Murphy said.
Kimchi was the third woman Robinson allegedly attacked in nine days.
On June 13, Robinson allegedly jumped a St. Louis woman into town for a baseball game on her way to have coffee. Robinson hit the 50-year-old woman with a “long black object” several times, causing her things to be dropped off near South Michigan Avenue and East Congress Parkway, Murphy said.
The woman did not see the gun, but told investigators it felt like she had been hit by a concrete block. She identified Robinson in a series of photos.
Robinson stole his phone and some money before running away. The woman had a broken nose and needed nine stitches in the forehead and three staples in the back of her head, Murphy said.
And three days before that, Robinson allegedly hit a 25-year-old woman in the head with an unknown object as she walked on a sidewalk in the 500 block of South Franklin Street on June 10.
When he was arrested on Thursday, Robinson was wearing the same cargo pants he was allegedly seen in after Kimchi was stabbed.
During a search of his tent, officers recovered two knives and a black sock filled with stones, according to Murphy. They also found black sneakers with a metal buckle on the laces, the same shoes Kimchi’s assailant was seen wearing on surveillance footage before the fatal stabbing.
Robinson is due to return to court on Monday.