Pair held over attack on Irish girl
POLICE were continuing to question a man and a woman last night in connection with a violent mugging that left an Irish student clinging to life in a Chicago hospital.
The pair were arrested early yesterday and remained in custody last night in connection with the baseball bat attack on Natasha McShane (23) as she was walking under a railway underpass with a female friend.
The attack at 3.30am on Friday has left the UCD graduate from Silverbridge, Co Armagh, in critical condition, while her American friend, Stacy Jurich (23), was also seriously injured.
It is understood the baseball bat used in the attack has been recovered. A spokesman said charges against the two suspects are pending.
Both young women were beaten unconscious when an assailant struck them from behind and robbed them of their handbags as they walked under the railway bridge.
The area has a large population of young professionals and houses a large number of popular bars and restaurants.
Ms McShane's family spoke of their utter shock at the savage nature of the attack.
Her grandmother Bernadette McShane said: "Even if he wanted the bags, why not just pull on the bags? Why do you have to leave anybody half dead?"
A spokeswoman for the hospital said Ms McShane's condition remained stable but critical yesterday.