Venezuelan migrant charged with stabbing woman inside Logan Square laundromat: Chicago police docs

Luis Lira-Hernandez (Chicago Police Department, Google)

CHICAGO — A man identified in Chicago police bulletins as a Venezuelan migrant has been charged with stabbing and seriously injuring a woman inside a Logan Square laundromat in October. Luis Lira-Hernandez, 33, was arrested on Tuesday to face charges in the attack, according to CPD. He will appear in domestic violence court for a detention hearing on an attempted murder charge today.

Chicago police have not released very much information about the attack, which occurred inside Bubbleland laundromat, 2249 North Milwaukee Avenue, around 6 p.m. on October 15. However, a bulletin distributed to cops almost immediately after the stabbing identified Lira-Hernandez by name and said the 25-year-old victim was the mother of his children. The bulletin included pictures of him holding a child.

The CPD message, shared with CWBChicago by a source in October, said Lira-Hernandez and the victim were recently arrived Venezuelan migrants living at O’Hare International Airport.

According to the document, the woman had been stabbed “numerous” times during an argument “over domestic related circumstances.” It included a picture of a weapon resembling a fillet knife with a large handle.

The bulletin stated that “multiple citizens” saw Lira-Hernandez flee the scene and try to hide. Chicago police units set up a perimeter and brought in a canine to assist with their search, but they came up empty-handed.

It advised CPD officers to be on the lookout at O’Hare and the city’s police stations, locations that were housing hundreds of migrants at the time.

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