Woman hurt in Harwood Heights carjacking dies

Ma Operio, 61, was found unresponsive with a zip tie around her neck Wednesday in the 4400 block of Natchez Avenue. She died Sunday evening. A suspect is in custody.

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A woman who was injured in a Harwood Heights carjacking died Sept. 3, 2023.

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A woman who was critically injured during a carjacking Wednesday morning in northwest suburban Harwood Heights died Sunday evening, authorities said.

Ma Operio, 61, was found unresponsive with a zip tie around her neck about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday in the 4400 block of Natchez Avenue. Reese Miller, 24, allegedly fled in a blue Toyota Scion, according to Harwood Heights police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Operio died Sunday evening, according to the medical examiner’s office.

A witness told officials he heard “grunts” and saw a man with a black hoodie on top of Operio, police said.

About a block away from the attack, a Ring camera captured video of someone who strongly resembled Miller minutes before the encounter, police said.

Miller was initially charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated vehicular hijacking. He appeared in court Friday and was denied bail, police said.

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