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69-year-old woman, Good Samaritan attacked during armed robbery at Walmart in Zion

Zaneray P. Jackson, 34, of Zion.

A 69-year-old woman and a Good Samaritan, who came to the woman’s aid, were both attacked and injured by a woman armed with a knife during a robbery in the parking lot of the Zion Walmart, police said.

Zaneray P. Jackson, 34, of Zion, was charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated battery.

The Zion Police Department responded around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday to the parking lot of Walmart, 4000 Route 173, for a report of an armed robbery.

The victim, a 69-year old Wadsworth woman, was leaving the store and walking to her vehicle when she was confronted by a woman, later identified as Jackson, who threatened her with a knife and demanded the victim’s purse, police said.

Officials said that Jackson pushed the victim, jabbed her in the throat with the knife and grabbed her purse. The victim and Jackson struggled over the purse before Jackson ripped it away and fled eastbound through the parking lot, according to police.

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A 48-year old Beach Park man came to the victim’s aid and attempted to detain Jackson, but she slashed the man’s arm as he knocked her to the ground. She got back up and continued to flee eastbound.

Jackson fled across Kenosha Road where she was picked up by a person driving a silver colored Mercury Mariner, police said. Both the victim and the Good Samaritan received minor injuries that did not require medical treatment.

“Officers recovered the victim’s wallet, the knife, an unknown cell phone and surveillance video from Walmart and other area businesses. Using these, the officers were able to identify the offender as Zaneray P. Jackson,” Zion police said.

Officers set up surveillance at Jackson’s residence and arrested her at 7:40 pm Wednesday. Detectives received a confession from Jackson about her actions during the incident, officials said.

Jackson appeared in bond court Thursday and remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $75,000 bond.


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