Car thief accused of killing woman by tying her throat left twisted apology note saying he was ‘deeply sorry’

A car thief allegedly killed a suburban Chicago woman by tying her throat and then left a plaintive note in the stolen car apologizing for the cruel crime and calling bloodshed his “only option.”

Reese Miller, 24, was arrested behind the wheel of Ma Operio’s Toyota three hours after the 61-year-old victim was found on Aug. 30 with a “zip tie around her neck that prevented her from breathing.” She died four days later, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Cops recovered a knife and a twisted apology note, the outlet reported, citing prosecutors.

“I am deeply sorry for hurting anyone at this time, it seemed like the only option.

“I didn’t want to hurt people. It was never something I thought was possible until I realized the reality.”

The Urbana, Illinois, native, who allegedly confessed to the crime, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated vehicular hijacking.

Officers found Operio outside his Harwood Heights home shortly after 6:30 a.m., with the zip tie around his neck, according to the Harwood Heights Police Department. Officers removed him from her, performed CPR and transported her to the hospital, where she was placed on life support until her death four days later.

Reese E. Miller, 24, of Urbana, Illinois, (pictured) has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated vehicular hijacking in the death of Ma Operio, 61, in Harwood Heights. PHOTO: HARWOOD HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT
Ma Operio in the photoOfficers found Operio shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 30 with a “tie around her neck that was preventing her from breathing” and she was purple. WGN 9
Ma Operio pictured on life supportOfficers performed CPR after removing the zip tie and took her to the hospital, where she was put on life support and died four days later.GoFuindMe

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“They said that when she was lying on the pavement she was already dead,” Operio’s mother, Maria Gimeno, told WGNTV. “They revived her when she was taken to the emergency room and then she was brain dead.”

Gimeno said her daughter was cleaning her car after returning home from a vacation in Texas when she was attacked.

“The trunk of my daughter’s car was open. She went through the back,” she told the local media.

A witness reported hearing “grunting” coming from Operio’s property on Natchez Avenue before seeing a man in a black hoodie on top of the woman, police said. Miller allegedly moved Operio’s body after securing the zip tie and stole the car with the trunk still open, according to WGNTV.

Booking photo by Reese Miller. When officers found the stolen Toyota, Miller had left a note inside apologizing for his actions, which read: “I am deeply sorry for hurting anyone at this time, it seemed like the only option.” WGN 9
Maria Gimeno. Operio’s mother, Maria Gimeno, said her daughter had been cleaning her car in the early morning hours after returning home from a vacation in Texas. WGN 9

Police also obtained doorbell camera footage from a man believed to be Miller. And when he was arrested, Miller was wearing the same clothes as the person caught on camera.

Hours after Miller left Operio for dead, police found her car in Crete, with Miller behind the wheel. She reportedly confessed after police read her her Miranda rights.

Miller was being held on bond at the Cook County Jail; His next court date is September 22.

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His public defender said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, People reported.

His public defender said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to People.

Gimeno told WGNTV that her daughter was a “very happy person” and had “quit her job to take care of her grandson.”

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