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Skokie Woman Attacked, Carjacked

Skokie Police are asking for help finding a silver 2004 Toyota Highlander with the license plate number 7118755



    A neighborhood in North suburban Skokie is on alert after a woman was stabbed while unloading groceries and the offender stole her car. Emily Florez reports for NBC News at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. (Published Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013)

    Police are looking for a man who attacked and carjacked a woman in Skokie who was unloading groceries in broad daylight from her car.

    Raisa Girel was taking her groceries from her car into her townhome on the 4800 block of Carol Street around 12:20 p.m. Saturday, when she was approached by the offender, according to a press release from the Skokie Police Department.

    "She didn't understand what he wanted at first," said Girel's son Sergay of the incident. "But then she realized he wanted keys and purse."

    Girel has lived in her home for nearly a decade and her son describes her as one to never just give up.

    "She tried to fight him, I guess, but then she realized to just give the keys and deal with it," Sergay said of his mother's struggle with the offender.

    But in the struggle, the offender cut Girel's back and hand with a sharp object.

    Police described the offender as a tall, skinny white male approximately 20 - 25 years old. He was wearing a black jacket with a hood at the time of the attack.

    Girel was taken to Evanston Hospital, where she was treated for non-threatening injuries and released Saturday afternoon.

    Meanwhile, authorities are looking for a silver 2004 Toyota Highlander with the license plate number 7118755.

    Girel's neighbors are on alert after the attack.

    "It really makes me think deeper," said neighbor Mel Barba. "This is Skokie and it's a nice neighborhood, but it's starting to get scarier."

    Anyone with information about the attack or stolen vehicle should contact the Skokie Police Department at 847-933-5900.