Woman reportedly grabbed knife teen held to her neck during robbery attempt

Nov. 15, 2017
Woman reportedly grabbed knife teen held to her neck during robbery attempt

by Bill JonesA 43-year-old woman who had a knife pressed to her throat by a would-be robber was able to grab it and force the Park Forest teenager to walk away at an Orland Park drug store.

Officers responded shortly after 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 to the Walgreens at 7960 W. 159th St. in reference to an armed robbery, according to a press release issued the next day by the Orland Park Police Department.

Jakhari Carrell, 18, of 3 Sauk Court, allegedly entered the store, walked to the rear of the building and placed a knife to the woman’s throat in an attempted robbery. But she was able to grab the knife and started screaming, which caused Carrell to walk away, police said.

Carrell was accompanied into the store by Sylvina Marquez, 22, of 15616 Center Ave. in Harvey, police said. When the victim notified a Walgreens employee of what happened and police were summoned, Carrell gave the knife to Marquez, who hid it in her purse, according to the press release.

Upon their arrival, police reportedly located both Carrell and Marquez still inside the store. While being held in Orland Park lockup, Carrell damaged a mattress in the cell in which he was being held, police said.

Carrell was charged with one count each of attempted armed robbery, a Class 1 felony; aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony; and criminal damage to property, a Class 4 felony. Marquez was charged with one count of obstruction of justice, a Class A misdemeanor.

The victim was transported to Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights for a minor laceration to her hand, police said. She reportedly was treated and later released.

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