A teenage woman from Chicago who has been charged with killing an Uber driver randomly attacked the person with a knife and a machete that she had simply stolen from Walmart, authorities say.
Eliza Wasni, 16, stored her eyes principally to the ground Wednesday afternoon as a Cook County decide ordered her held with out bond within the killing of Grant Nelson of Wilmette — an act prosecutors referred to as “heinous” and “not provoked in any manner.”
Prosecutors stated Nelson, 34, had picked up Wasni a number of blocks from a Walmart in Skokie. Minutes into the journey, close to the nook of Touhy and Lincoln avenues in Lincolnwood, she started stabbing Nelson, the prosecutor stated. He managed to tug over his Honda and run to a close-by condominium constructing foyer, the place he pushed buzzers yelling, “Help me, I’m going to die,” Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Cunningham stated.
Wasni took off in Nelson’s automotive however shortly struck a median after which ran off on foot, the official stated. She was discovered close by sporting only a bra and leggings; a blood-stained Chicago Cubs shirt was discovered close by and a path of blood led responding officers to the condominium foyer after which to Nelson, who was mendacity in a pool of blood close by, Cunningham stated in courtroom.
She referred to as Nelson a “random victim.”
Nelson, who attended New Trier High School, described his attacker to police however died later at a close-by hospital, officers stated.
Surveillance footage from Walmart confirmed Wasni strolling concerning the retailer with a knife and machete after which leaving with out paying for it, the prosecutor stated. She stated Wasni had taken two earlier Uber rides that night, together with one to Des Plaines and one other from Des Plaines to Walmart. The experience-sharing firm’s phrases and circumstances say clients have to be no less than 18 years previous.
Wasni spoke in the course of the bond courtroom listening to solely to verify her identify. Her lawyer, a public defender, stated she attends Taft High School in Chicago and lives with a single mom.
Wasni has been charged as an grownup with first-diploma homicide. Judge Michael Hood ordered her to be held with out bail and referred to as the crime “extremely violent.”
Outside the courtroom, Nelson’s brother, Todd Nelson, referred to as him “the most gentle, kind person. He hever hurt anyone. He was good to animals, he was good to children.”
Grant Nelson, stated his brother, liked opera and classical piano and was a “very good” piano participant.
“He was just trying to do the best he could in life,” Todd Nelson stated.
His sister, Alexandra Nelson, added the household hopes “justice will happen” for the assault, which she referred to as “horrifying and maddening.”
The siblings, in addition to their mother and father, have been within the courtroom through the listening to. Alexandra Nelson sat behind her father with her hand on his shoulder as an outline of the alleged crime was learn by the prosecutor. Family members sobbed at occasions through the listening to, together with when officers described Grant Nelson begging for assist in the foyer earlier than he was discovered on the bottom outdoors in a pool of blood with a number of stab wounds on his proper aspect.
Grace Wong is a employees reporter; Susan Berger and Brian L. Cox are freelance reporters. Tribune reporter Nereida Moreno contributed.