Police hunt for ‘thug’ caught on video punching security guard
Police in Chicago are looking for a punk who punched a female security guard who tried to help him in a vicious attack that was caught on camera. Surveillance video outside the residential building in the 600 block of North Franklin Street in Chicago s River North neighborhood shows an unidentified man punching security guard Zoa Stigler, 46, when she asked him if he needed help after he vomited. Stigler said she called the police and brought out a bucket to clean up the man s vomit before telling him, another man and two women with him to leave. The man then tossed a water bottle at Stigler before punching her in the face, causing fractures in her face and nose that may require surgery, she told WGN-TV.
When he threw the water, I was shocked, I don t even know what made me walk up to him, Stigler told the station. Why would you hit a human being in the face that is trying to assist you, trying to help you?
Stigler, a single mother of two, was unable to spend Mother s Day with her children and started working part-time at the building about two months ago, according to a GoFundMe page created by the president of the building s condo association.
She was initially trying to help this thug by checking up on him to make sure he was doing alright as he was lying on the ground by the building, Khan wrote. He proceeded to vomit by the building which prompted Zoa to request that he and his 3 friends move away as she needs to clean it up. Stigler is such a hard-working and dedicated employee that she even cleaned up the mess left behind by the thug before going to the hospital, Khan wrote.
She may require surgery on her eye to fix the damage and may have to take time off work and school for recovery, Khan s post concluded. Let s all help the strong willed, amazing, hard-working and kind ZOA by showing our love by supporting her financially! More than $8,700 in donations had been received as of early Tuesday.
Police are interviewing a person of interest in connection to this case, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department told The Post. However, no charges have yet been filed and the investigation is ongoing.
The shocking incident has prompted an outpouring of support for Stigler, including one owner of a condo in the building who said his friend would represent her as an attorney free of charge.
I hope they arrest him because I do plan on pressing charges for assaulting me, you know, for doing my job, Stigler told WGN-TV.