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Arrest Made In String Of Fatal Lawndale Stabbings

CHICAGO (CBS)-- Police arrested a 24-year-old suspect connected to three fatal stabbings in Lawndale.

Police Chief Eddie Johnson said police are confident they have located the offender and believe the stabbings are random, but related. Charges are pending and the name of the suspect has not be released.

The first stabbing, on Nov. 13, took place in the 3100 block of West Taylor. Ruby Humphrey, 57, was killed when she was stabbed on the 3100 block of West Taylor Street.

Two days later, on Nov. 15, 64-year-old Jose Refugio Ceja was fatally stabbed on the 1100 block of South Keeler Avenue.

On Nov. 20, 58-year-old Ronald Rocket was killed on the 1200 block of South Christiana Avenue.

The suspect was caught on surveillance video wearing a hooded jacked, jeans and red gym shoes.

Video of man arrested in string of stabbings. Credit: CPD

According to police, the suspect lived in Chicago, moved to Mississippi and then recently returned to Chicago three or four months ago.

Suzanne Collins  a Lawndale resident said she was afraid to leave her home.

"I had to get up enough courage to come outside to go and take care of my business because i felt he was still around."

Collins says the arrest makes her feel safer.

"I am just so happy," she said.



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