US sisters ‘stabbed security guard 27 times after being told to wear masks’

Two sisters in the US have been accused of stabbing a security guard 27 times after being told to wear face masks.

Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, allegedly attacked the security guard in a Chicago store on Sunday. The 32-year-old victim has been left in a critical condition in hospital, police said.  

Police spokeswoman Karie James said an argument broke out after the women refused the guard’s request to wear masks and use hand sanitiser. One of the women then punched the man, she added. The victim is also said to have been struck by a garbage can.

Jessica then allegedly pulled a knife from her back pocket and began stabbing the man, while Jayla reportedly held him in place by his hair. The man was stabbed in his chest, back and arms.

The sisters were arrested at the scene of the alleged attack, which happened at Snipes, a shoe store in Lawndale on Chicago’s western side, according to reports.

Both were treated for minor lacerations at a nearby hospital, police said.

They were ordered to be held without bond on Tuesday.

During the bond hearing before Judge Mary C Marubio, the women’s lawyer said the stabbing was self-defence, adding both women suffered from bipolar disorder.

Prosecutors said the guard did not approach either woman before the attack.

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