GoFundMe raises thousands for female security guard punched outside River North condo

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Zoa Stigler
Zoa Stigler

CHICAGO (WLS) -- More than $6,000 was raised one day after a River North condo security guard was punched by a man she was trying to help outside the building.

The guard, Zoa Stigler, sustained a broken nose and black eye and may now need surgery. She was knocked off her feet when she was trying to help a man who appeared to be passed out on the sidewalk in front of the building.

A GoFundMe page was set up by Asad Khan, the president of the condo association, to support Stigler's recovery expenses. His initial goal was $5,000, which was exceeded by late Monday.

Meanwhile, Stigler's attacker was still at-large, despite surveillance video being widely circulated on Monday.

The incident happened after 2 a.m. at the 630 North Franklin condos on Chicago's North Side.

Stigler had seen the man, who appeared to be drunk, on the ground and went out to him. He said he was OK and then she told him that he needs to get up.

He didn't get up and minutes later, the man stood up and - surrounded by friends - attacks.

"He didn't say one word. He just walked up to me and threw the bottled water and hit me in my face," Stigler said.

Then he and his friends casually walked away, like nothing ever happened.

"You really need to be ashamed of yourself. You should never hit anyone, not because of I am a female but because I am a human being. You shouldn't hit a person doing their job," Stigler said.

Stigler, who is a mother and a new grandmother, was out of the hospital on Sunday, but still hopes police catch the man.

"You don't know how much damage you have done to me. I pray that they find you," said Stigler, who also is a student working the security guard job for extra cash.