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Harwood Heights woman dies after zipper carjacking

A woman who had her neck tied and her car stolen Wednesday in Harwood Heights has died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The 61-year-old woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition and put on a ventilator after the carjacking, Harwood Heights police said. She died Sunday night.

Harwood Heights police found the woman lying on her back around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, with a blue face and blood under her head, in the 4400 block of Natchez Avenue, according to Cook County prosecutors and medical examiner records.

One of the woman’s neighbors saw a man struggle with the victim and strangle her corpses, police said.

Police officers in the southern suburb of Crete arrested 24-year-old Reese Miller later Wednesday morning. Miller admitted assaulting the woman and pulling her over before driving away in her Toyota, officials said. Miller, who is from Urbana, wrote a note apologizing for the incident. Law enforcement officers found the note in the vehicle, which prosecutors read Friday at a bail hearing.

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“I am deeply sorry for hurting anyone at this time, it seemed to be the only choice,” prosecutors allege Miller wrote. “I didn’t want to hurt people. It was never something I would have ever thought possible until the realization of reality hit me.

Judge Ellen Beth Mandeltort ordered Miller to be held without bail. His next court date is September 22.

A GoFundMe was started to raise money for the woman. $900 of a $20,000 goal was raised Monday afternoon.

This is a development story.

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