A carjacker allegedly killed a woman in suburban Chicago by zip-tying her throat — then left a whiny note in the stolen car apologizing for the callous crime, and calling the bloodshed his “only choice.”
Reese Miller, 24, was busted behind the wheel of Ma Operio’s Toyota three hours after the 61-year-old victim was found Aug. 30 with a “zip tie around her neck impeding her breathing.” She died four days later, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Cops recovered a knife and a twisted apology note, the outlet reported, citing prosecutors.
“I’m deeply sorry for hurting anyone at the moment, it seemed to be the only choice.
“I didn’t want to hurt people. It was never something I ever thought possible until the realization of reality hit me.”
The Urbana, Ill., native, who allegedly confessed to the crime, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated vehicular hijacking.
Officers found Operio outside her Harwood Heights home just after 6:30 a.m. — the zip tie around her neck, according to the Harwood Heights Police Department. Officers removed it, performed CPR and transferred her to the hospital, where she was life support until her death four days later.
Reese E. Miller, 24, of Urbana, Illinois, (pictured) has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated vehicular hijacking for the death of Ma Operio, 61, in Harwood Heights.PHOTO: HARWOOD HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT
Officers found Operio just after 6:30 a.m. on August 30 with a “zip tie around her neck impeding her breathing” and she was purple. WGN 9
Officers performed CPR on her after removing the zip tie and transferred her to the hospital, where she was put on life support and died four days later.GoFuindMe
“They said when she was laying on the pavement she was already dead,” Operio’s mother, Maria Gimeno, told WGNTV. “They revived her when they took her to the ER and then she was brain dead.”
Gimeno said her daughter had been cleaning her car after returning home from a vacation in Texas when she was attacked.
“The trunk on my daughter’s car was open. He went through the back,” she told the local outlet.
A witness reported he heard “grunts” coming from Operio’s Natchez Avenue property before seeing a man in a black hoodie on top of the woman, police said. Miller allegedly moved Operio’s body after securing the zip tie — and stole the car with the trunk still open, according to WGNTV.
When officers found the stolen Toyota, Miller had left a note inside apologizing for his actions, reading: “I’m deeply sorry for hurting anyone at the moment, it seemed to be the only choice”WGN 9
Operio’s mother Maria Gimeno said her daughter had been cleaning her car in the early hours of the morning after returning home from a vacation in Texas. WGN 9
Police also obtained doorbell camera footage of a man believed to be Miller. And when he was arrested, Miller was wearing the same clothes as the person caught on camera.
Hours after Miller left Operio for dead, police found her car vin Crete — with Miller behind the wheel. He reportedly confessed after cops read him his Miranda rights.
Miller was being held with bail in Cook County Jail; his next court date is Sept. 22.
His public defender said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, People reported.
His public defender said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to People.
Gimeno told WGNTV that her daughter a “very happy person” and had “quit her job to take care of her grandson.”