A Chicago woman arrested in a series of unprovoked attacks with baseball bats on other women has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other crimes, authorities said Thursday.
Denise Solorzano, 26, also faces multiple counts of aggravated assault in a public place and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, Chicago police said in a statement.
In an earlier statement, the police department said five assaults were reported in two days, Sunday and Tuesday, on the city’s northwest side. A bat was used on three of them, the department said.
In each of the five incidents, the victims reported that the assailant approached them in a white car between 11:27 a.m. and 3:46 p.m. The department did not say if any of the women knew Solorzano.
In one of the attacks on Sunday, one woman told NBC Chicago that the assailant threw her to the ground by her ponytail.
Video obtained by the station shows a woman approaching another woman with a stroller in the front yard of a home Tuesday and repeatedly hitting her with a metal bat, NBC Chicago reported.
Nearly all of the victims refused emergency medical attention, the police department said. One was hospitalized and was initially reported to be in good condition.
The victims were 27, 31, 34, 19 and 33 years old, the department said.
At a court appearance Thursday, Solorzano was ordered held on $800,000 bail, NBC Chicago reported.
His lawyer said he has no criminal record, according to the station.