Laura Caldwell Victim of Chicago Mugging
Jesus, this is horrible:
Life was imitating art when crime novelist Laura Caldwell lay face
down on a Lincoln Park street holding pieces of her shattered teeth in
her bloody palm.
Her upcoming book, Red Hot Lies,
portrays a red-headed female lawyer walking at night through the Old
Town neighborhood, feeling increasingly uncomfortable as she realizes
she is being followed.
On Thursday, Caldwell, a red-headed attorney who in 2005
successfully defended a man who spent five years in jail awaiting trial
for murder, was jogging at Seminary and Altgeld in Lincoln Park when
she saw two men — one with a hood pulled over his cap and the other
who was lifting his jacket over his head.
Nervous, Caldwell felt the hair rise on the back of her neck.
Suddenly, one of the men kicked her from behind, and she fell onto the
“They smashed my mouth into the pavement and kicked me a few times,”
she said. “They screamed about money, but I said, ‘Guys, I am jogging
and I don’t have any money.’ They took my iPod and ran off.”
Caldwell’s attack was part of a series of muggings in Lincoln Park of late. I’m glad to hear she wasn’t injured further but still…