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Adam Bramwell, Carjacking Suspect, Also Person Of Interest In DePaul Knife Attack: CBS 2 Sources

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Police sources tell CBS 2's Brad Edwards that Adam Bramwell, suspected in a Lincoln Park carjacking, also is a person of interest in a brutal knife attack on a recent DePaul University graduate on July 18.

Sources also tell Edwards that Bramwell, 32, is considered extremely dangerous.

Adam Bramwell
Adam Bramwell, 32, is wanted in an aggravated vehicular hijacking and battery in Lincoln Park. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Bramwell was also recently paroled from prison. He was serving a sentence through 2021, but he was paroled for good behavior after only having to serve half of his sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

He is now considered a fugitive of his mandatory supervised release.

He also has a track record of burglary and robbery and was arrested in March 2017 for violating his parole with an illegal gun after leading police on a foot chase.

According to court records, he told police he knew he wouldn't stay in prison long, saying "Real talk, I'm just glad I got another day to hopefully be out again. I'll be out in 3 years anyway."

Chicago Police late Thursday would not confirm any connection of Bramwell to the attack near DePaul, but said the investigation is open and active, CBS 2's Tara Molina reported.

Early on June 18, police say someone brutally slashed the 22-year-old victim in the face and neck on Halsted Street just south of Lincoln and Fullerton avenues.

The recent graduate was walking down the street when police say the suspect attacked the woman, whom they believe he was attempting to sexually assault.

The young woman was left for dead, bleeding from the face and neck when a Good Samaritan found her.

Following the attack, the woman was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition. Police said she was nearly killed. Her condition later was upgraded to serious.

Police released surveillance video of a man wanted in the knife attack on July 24, which they say shows the suspect looking for cars to steal the day before the attack. The man is shown rolling up on a bicycle to 353 N. Desplaines St. in the Fulton River District and going through a garage before eventually making off with a car.

Wednesday, police were searching for Bramwell in relation to a carjacking and beating in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Police already had a mugshot on file for Adam Bramwell, 32, and he has two active warrants out for his arrest.

He is wanted most recently in connection with an aggravated vehicular hijacking and aggravated battery that happened Saturday, July 13, in the 1800 block of North Fremont Street, police said.

Police say Bramwell carjacked a 56-year-old woman in the incident.

Friends and neighbors say it happened as the victim was pulling in to her attached garage, he ordered her out of the car and demanded money.

When the woman screamed for her husband, Bramwell allegedly started choking her, pulled her hair, knocked her to the ground and stole her car.

The victim said he had a knife.

The suspect in the vicious attack near DePaul just five days later also had a knife.

Sources say the carjacking victim went in to view a police lineup Wednesday that included photos from the DePaul incident.

Area central Detectives are asking the public to help find Bramwell. Anyone who sees him is advised not to approach him – as he is considered armed and dangerous.

Right now Chicago police are not confirming the connection, saying only that this remains an open and active investigation.

Anyone who sees Bramwell should call 911 immediately.

Anyone with information on Bramwell's whereabouts is asked to call Area Central detective at (312) 747-8380.


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