Charges filed in North Side baseball bat attacks

CHICAGO — A Jefferson Park woman is charged with committing a string of apparently random attacks on women this week, sometimes using a baseball bat to attack her victims, according to Chicago police. Denise Solorzano, 26, is scheduled to appear in court for a bond hearing Thursday afternoon.

She is charged with seven counts of aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, CPD said in a media statement overnight.

More details about the allegations will be provided in court, but here’s what Chicago police have said so far.

The first attacks occurred around 3 p.m. Sunday in the 3200 block of North Richmond. Police said a woman exited a white car, attacked a 33-year-old woman, then drove away.

About 45 minutes later, the same woman attacked two women, ages 31 and 19, in the 4000 block of West Lawrence and escaped in a white car.

More attacks occurred Tuesday afternoon, one of which was partially caught on video.

Chicago police said a woman stopped her white sedan in the 4500 block of North Mozart around 11:27 a.m. and attacked two sisters, ages 27 and 31, standing nearby with a baby stroller. After hitting the women four or five times each with her bat, the woman returned to her car and drove away. A few seconds of video recorded nearby were posted online:

Police said two women were attacked in the 3000 block of West Belle Plaine, and another was attacked in the 3000 block of West Cullom. One woman also reported that the attacker tried to run her over with her car, according to an email received by CWBChicago.

Only one of the victims sought medical treatment, according to Chicago police, and no motive was offered for the attacks.

CWBChicago will post a full update after Solorzano appears in bond court.

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