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Connie Woolfolk

A robbery gone awry....

  • Last updated: February 7, 2024
  • Tinley Park, IL
  • February 2, 2008

Overview of Connie Woolfolk

Connie was excited to have a fun night out with her friends

The hard working single mother of two excelled at everything she did. She had plans to get a manicure and pedicure later in the day, and family speculates that she went into Lane Bryant to get a new outfit for a night out. Unfortunately, like five other women that day, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Connie was talented in community development and finance, and worked for the town

She was using her financial skills to run a newly founded mortgage business with her mother; she planned to help bring new development to the town of Park Forest, IL. She left behind two teenage sons, a brother, her mother, and multiple cousins.

On the morning of February 2nd, 2008, five women were brutally killed inside a Lane Bryant store in Brookside Marketplace, located in Tinley Park, Chicago.

The man who claimed to be a delivery driver. Store manager, Rhoda McFarland quickly realized that this man was not in fact a driver, but was there with a much more malicious intent.

The store opened around 10:00 am.

The assailant took Rhoda McFarland, another unnamed employee, and customers Jennifer Bishop, Carrie Chiuso, Connie Woolfolk, and Sarah Szafranski hostage in the back room at about 10:15 am.

Source: WGN-TV

Rhonda was wearing a Bluetooth headset and was able to call 911, a detail the unidentied assaliant was unaware of. Unfortunately, the call drops. A few seconds of the man’s voice, where he claims to say “I’m losing it”, .

He then bound each woman using underwear from a display. The assailant sexually assaulted each one, before shooting them execution style in the back of the head. However, one woman, a part time employee, played dead after the assailant tried to shoot her in the head, but missed. Her survival and testimony is key in establishing what little information the public knows about the case.

Source: Fox 32 / Tinely Police Department

The assailant is described as a black man with thick, cornrowed hair, a receding hairline, and a single braid with four green beads on the end.

Where the case stands today.

There is currently a $100,000 reward for a substantial lead in this case, which is at a standstill. New 3-D renderings have been released that might assist identification of the perpetrator, but no further information has come to light.

If you have any information please contact the Tinley Park Police Tip Line at (708)532-9111.


  1. Date of Death:February 2, 2008
  2. Birthday:August 4, 1970
  3. Age at Incident:37

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