Woman accused of stabbing romantic rival to death in front of 3-year-old son on West Side – NBC Chicago
A woman who allegedly targeted a romantic rival has been charged with a fatal knife attack that happened in broad daylight last month in Humboldt Park.
Tyteanne Bell, 34, faces one count of first-degree murder in the Jan. 20 attack on Jamilah Brown, 24, who was walking the 3700 block of West Chicago Avenue with her 3-year-old son years.
At around 3.45pm that day, Brown and the toddler were heading to an ATM to get money to pay for her eldest son’s haircut when Bell got out of a rental car and stabbed her repeatedly to the neck and head, Cook County prosecutors said. .
Bell reportedly fled in the rental car. A witness who saw Brown bleeding ran to the 3-year-old and called 911. Brown later died at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Bell returned the rental car to Saint Charles later that evening and contacted his brother, a Chicago police officer, to ask if he had heard of the murder and if there were cameras in the area. , prosecutors said.
The officer called the department, identified his sister in surveillance video of the attack and provided investigators with text messages from Bell, prosecutors said.
Bell was also identified by an auto company employee as the person who rented and returned the vehicle, the prosecutor said. Apparent blood found in the vehicle is still awaiting testing.
Prosecutors said Bell cellphone data showed her going from the rental facility to the area where the attack occurred and back to the rental lot. An investigation would have revealed that the two women were involved in a relationship with the same man.
Bell was previously convicted of assault and battery for stabbing her then-boyfriend’s wife in the leg. She was sentenced to probation in 2019, prosecutors said.
Judge Susana Ortiz Bell was sentenced to detention without bail. Bell was due back in court on February 27.