Accused “Lincoln Park slasher” extradited from Texas

Adam Bramwell | Chicago Police Dept

A parolee has been extradited from Texas to face charges for two violent crimes in Lincoln Park this summer, including a nearly-fatal knife attack against a recent DePaul University graduate.

Adam Bramwell, 32, will be in bond court Friday, according to a CPD statement. The department previously announced that Bramwell was a person of interest in the July 18 knife attack and an armed carjacking five days earlier.

United States Marshals in Texas took Bramwell into custody on Aug. 8 after they received a tip that he was riding a passenger bus north of Houston.

Cook County prosecutors have charged Bramwell with attempted first degree murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery by strangling, aggravated vehicular hijacking with a weapon, attempted vehicular hijacking, possessing a stolen motor vehicle, attempted kidnapping by force, two counts of arson, and misdemeanor trespassing.

On July 13th, a 56-year-old woman was parking her car in her garage on the 1800 block of North Fremont when a man approached with a knife at 8:38 a.m. He demanded her valuables and forced her from the vehicle, police said.

The offender initially ordered the victim to close the garage door behind them before initiating the robbery, according to an email shared with neighbors by a person familiar with the incident. A struggle ensued, and the woman was thrown to the ground and choked by the offender who then entered the car and drove away.

Then, at 3:30 a.m. on July 18, a recent DePaul University graduate was found unresponsive and bleeding from her neck in the 2300 block of North Halsted.

Passersby found the 22-year-old woman on the ground outside of a DePaul facility, about 50 feet from where the attack apparently unfolded. Police speculated at the time that the incident may have been sexually motivated, although the woman was not sexually assaulted.

A stolen vehicle that police believe was used in by the DePaul attacker was later found burned on the South Side.

Bramwell is a four-time convicted felon who was paroled in March after serving half of a four-year sentence that he received for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in a vehicle. He went missing while on parole, authorities said, and was in “absconder” status at the time of the Lincoln Park incidents.

Prior to his most recent prison stint, Bramwell was sentenced to three concurrent prison terms in 2012: six years for residential burglary, six years for robbery, and three years for domestic battery causing bodily harm.