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Steger Woman Charged with Attempted Murder

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A Steger woman was charged with attempted murder according to Park Forest Police. (Credit: 11Alive / YouTube)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A 56-year-old Steger woman was charged with attempted murder following an incident where Park Forest Police were called to an apartment complex on Juniper Street, according to a statement police issued Friday.

Police said officers and Park Forest Fire Department personnel responded to an apartment complex at 350 Juniper Street on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, in response to a report of a person who had been struck in the head multiple times with a knife.

The alleged victim was a 66-year-old man who was a resident in that apartment complex, according to police. This man was rushed to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields for emergency treatment, according to police.

A guest of the alleged victim, Vera D. Dennis, 56, of Steger, was also at the scene, according to police. The man who had been rushed to the hospital identified Ms. Dennis as the person who allegedly attacked him, police said.

Police took Ms. Dennis into custody without incident, according to the statement.

Police said that due to the nature of the alleged offense and the seriousness of the injuries, the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit was asked to assist in the recovery of evidence.

After an investigation by the Park Forest Police Department Investigations Division where police said they presented “all available facts and evidence” to the Cook County States Attorney’s Office, the States Attorney approved a felony charge of attempted murder was approved against Ms. Dennis, according to the statement.

Police later transported Ms. Dennis to the Cook County Courthouse in Markham, IL, for a bond hearing, police said. Bond was set at $100,000, police said.

“The victim is recovering at the hospital and we wish him the best in his recovery,” the statement concluded.

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