Lakeview: Woman stabbed during “altercation” inside Mariano’s store, police say

Update June 29 — While CPD has repeatedly referred to the Mariano’s stabbing victim as a 49-year-old woman, he is, in fact, a man who works as a DJ in the store’s bar area.

A 49-year-old woman was stabbed during an altercation near the bar area of Mariano’s Lakeview East location Friday afternoon, according to information provided by police and witnesses.

The victim and offender began arguing on the first floor of the grocery store at 3030 North Broadway around 4 p.m. At one point, the offender pulled out a “sharp object” and stabbed the woman in her arm and back, police said in a media release.

“People have just lost their minds,” Twitter user LiberalHDWoman wrote after posting a photo from the scene. “Unbelievable.”

Witnesses said the attacker fled north on Broadway then west on Barry Avenue after the stabbing. She is described as a thin Black woman standing about 5’7″ tall who wore a purple shirt with a blue face mask, and carried a blue bag.

The victim, who was stabbed twice in her lower back and once in her left arm, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Police said she is in good condition.

Multiple witnesses told CWBChicago that the victim was a man, but a CPD media alert said she is female. The alert also said the attack happened at 4:44 p.m., but social media posts from the scene are time stamped closer to 4 p.m.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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