Suspect In DePaul Slash Attack Formally Charged, Went On Carjacking, Robbery Spree Before Lincoln Park Attack

Sun-Times Media Wire
September 19, 2019 - 8:54 pm

Adam Bramwell | Chicago police


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  A man charged with slashing the throat of a DePaul grad in Lincoln Park had gone on a week-long carjacking and robbery spree before fleeing to Texas, according to prosecutors.

Adam Bramwell, 32, appeared in court Friday, where Cook County prosecutors laid out in violent detail the 11 felony counts against him, which include attempted murder and arson.

In a bond proffer, prosecutors say Bramwell was driving through the DePaul campus early on July 18 when he saw a 22-year-old graduate returning home after socializing with her friends.

Bramwell, in a car he allegedly stole the day before, drove into a nearby dead-end alley in 3200 block of North Halsted, where he got out and waited for his victim, prosecutors said in the proffer.

He allegedly grabbed the woman from behind as she walked past the alley, put a knife to her throat and attempted to force her into the car, prosecutors said. Bramwell allegedly slit her throat and pulled out chunks of her hair as she struggled, prosecutors said.

Her blood pooled on the alley floor and was splattered on the building wall, prosecutors said.

As she ran out of the alley onto Halsted, Bramwell got back into the car and tried to run her down, prosecutors said.

He drove off, and the woman ran about a half block north before collapsing, prosecutors said. A passerby found her 15 minutes later and flagged down a Chicago Fire Department vehicle.

Prosecutors said the woman lost two liters of blood and suffered 15 lacerations to the front of her throat, as well as multiple other cuts on the side of her neck. She spent the next month in the hospital, where she had two surgeries and suffered two strokes.

Prosecutors said that video shows Bramwell’s stolen car in the area at that time, and that cell tower data tracks him to and from the location. DNA evidence collected under the woman’s fingernails was still being tested.

Bramwell is also charged with stealing the car he later used in the Lincoln Park attack, and a carjacking that happened five days earlier.

He allegedly approached a woman leaving her garage in the 1800 block of North Freemont, pointed a knife at her motioned for her to be quiet and close the garage door, prosecutors said. The woman complied.

Bramwell made her show him everything in her purse, according to prosecutors, who said he took $7 and her license. He ordered her to open the garage door, which she did, prosecutors said.

As she began sprinting to the open door, Bramwell allegedly pulled her to the ground by her sweater, ripping her clothing, prosecutors said. He began to strangle her, and pulled her by her hair six feet toward the alley as she screamed for help, prosecutors said. Bramwell released her, entered the car and drove off, prosecutor said. The woman, with scrapes on her legs and a reddened neck, declined medical treatment.

The vehicle Bramwell allegedly stole was later found abandoned and burning five days later in an alley in the 1000 block of East 80th Street, two blocks from a former halfway house where he used to live, prosecutors said.

Bramwell is also charged with an attempted carjacking from July 8, where he implied he had a gun in his waistband, and two other counts of arson involving burning cars, prosecutors said.

Bramwell was transferred into Chicago police custody on Tuesday after he was arrested outside Houston, Texas last month on a carjacking warrant, according to Chicago police. He was being held in Montgomery County Jail awaiting extradition.

A judge ordered Bramwell held without bail, according to county records. He is due in court again Sept. 24.

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