Chicago Violence

Man Charged With Fatally Stabbing Maryland Grad Student in the Loop

Anat Kimchi
Courtesy of family

A 41-year-old man is facing murder charges in the fatal stabbing of a Maryland grad student in the Loop last weekend.

Tony Robinson was arrested Thursday after he was identified as the person that stabbed Anat Kimchi, 31, around 4 p.m. last Saturday in the 400 block of South Wacker Drive, Chicago police said. She was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Kimchi had been working on her doctorate in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Maryland. Her family said she was in Chicago visiting friends.

Robinson was charged with one county each of first-degree murder, armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated robbery in a public place, aggravated robbery with great bodily harm and aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon, police said.

He was expected in bond court Saturday.

Investigators were able to identify Robinson through video surveillance of the attack and with the help of a cooperating witness, police said.

Robinson was also linked to two other armed robberies where he attacked a woman by approaching her from behind and hitting them with an object.

  • On June 10, the man struck a 25-year-old woman in the head from behind as she walked on a sidewalk in the 500 block of South Franklin Street around 9:30 p.m. The woman was hospitalized in fair condition.
  • Around 7:10 p.m. June 13, he struck a 50-year-old woman with a “long heavy object” as she walked in the first block of East Ida B. Wells Drive. The woman dropped her personal items and the man took them, then hit her two more times before he fled, police said. The woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with lacerations to the head.
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