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Man charged with stabbing in ‘random’ attack at Waukegan store

Andrew Lozano | Waukegan police

A man has been charged with stabbing a teen and wounding another male in a “random” attack at a grocery store in north suburban Waukegan on Wednesday night.

Emergency crews were called about 7:45 p.m. to a report of a stabbing at the Super Fresh Market at 1700 N. Lewis Ave., according to a statement from Waukegan police.

Witnesses gave officers a description of the suspect and around 7:50 p.m. Andrew Lozano was found and arrested behind a strip mall in the 1500 block of North Lewis, police said.

Detectives believe Lozano went into a Metro PCS store inside the Super Fresh Market and got into an altercation with a female employee, police said. Two of the female’s friends intervened, and Lozano stabbed one of the males and hurt the other.

The two males, in their late teens, took themselves to a hospital with minor injuries and are expected to recover, police said. There is no known relationship between Lozano and the employee or the victims.

Lozano, 24, of Waukegan has been charged with aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon, police said. He is currently being held at the Lake County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

He has also been charged with aggravated battery stemming from a Feb. 10 incident, police said. Lozano went to a Motel 6 in the 00-100 block of North Green Bay Road, became upset with the clerk and started kicking and hitting him.

The clerk was hospitalized with internal injuries and is expected to recover, police said.

Lozano’s next court date is Mar. 27.