Chicago Man Allegedly Disguised Appearance Before Attempting to Murder Ex-Wife

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

A Chicago man allegedly donned a wig to disguise his appearance before brutally attacking his ex-wife as she walked down a sidewalk last month in Lake View East, leaving her with a fractured skull and arm as well as other injuries.

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Paul Woebel, 47, appeared in court Wednesday following his arrest on one count of attempted murder stemming from the May 14 attack. He was ordered held on $50,000 D-bond, meaning he must pay $5,000 to be released from jail.

According to prosecutors, Woebel and the 42-year-old female victim were married for more than a decade and have a young daughter together. But the pair went through a “contentious” divorce between 2015 and 2017, and at some point before last month’s attack, the woman told her family she believed Woebel was “going to try to kill her,” according to prosecutors.

On the morning of the attack, the woman was walking in the 500 block of West Hawthorne Place after dropping her daughter off at school when a man wearing what appeared to be long dark dreadlocks ran up to her from behind and struck her in the head with a blunt object similar to a stick or pipe, prosecutors said.

The woman fell to the ground and Woebel allegedly hit her repeatedly in her head and arms, telling her “You f--king b---h, you f--king deserve this, I’m going to kill you.” The woman did not see her attacker’s face, but when he said this, she immediately recognized Woebel’s voice, prosecutors said.

Woebel eventually stopped hitting the victim and fled from the area, according to prosecutors. The woman was hospitalized for six days with two skull fractures, a fracture to her left arm, ligament damage in her right arm and extensive bruising.

She and her sister were both able to view surveillance footage of the attack and identified Woebel as the offender even as he was wearing a “Rastafarian” wig, prosecutors said.

Tim Carter, an attorney representing Woebel during Wednesday’s hearing, said his client denies the allegations and said Woebel and the victim have had contact since the attack and there have been no subsequent incidents.

He is due back in court June 16.

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