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5 years after brutal beating, woman shares story of recovery

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A woman who was attacked outside a busy grocery store five years ago, is opening up about the terrifying ordeal.

Victim Jennifer Hall suffered physical and mental injuries and still has some trouble talking to this day, but she's speaking out as a warning to others.

"It's been a battle, a 5-year, physically, emotionally battle, and you know, I just take one day at a time," victim Jennifer Hall says.

For Jennifer Hall, one particular day this week, was worse than most. Sunday was her birthday. It also marked the fifth anniversary of the day she was beaten by a homeless man outside a Jewel Osco food store on the Near South Side. The attacker, Derrick King, had asked for a cigarette and Hall's boyfriend had turned him down. King and his girlfriend knocked out 20 of her teeth and fractured her skull.

"I had a blood clot on my brain," she explains. "So, they had to do immediate surgery to remove it, for the swelling they put me in a drug inducted coma."

Hall wants to tell her story, not just because of the anniversary, but because she believes Derrick King is still dangerous. He got 13 months for her case and then was convicted of threatening another woman when he got out. Then, just seven weeks ago, he was arrested inside the same Jewel supermarket. He'd been alleged pushing a customer and swinging two stolen umbrellas, he's now behind bars waiting for trial.

"Somebody has to say something, something needs to be done," Hall pleads. "He's a threat, you know. It's not safe."

Hall says King's recent alleged assault suggests the Jewel store still isn't safe. She is suing Jewel, using police crime reports to argue that the Jewel was a hotbed of criminal activity, but security personnel failed to protect her.

"When they built that store, they identified it as a high risk store," attorney Marty Dolan explains. "They knew that there was crime in the area and it was a potential that crime could happen any day of the week."

"It's been five years since it happened to me and it just happened again inside the store. I mean, I don't know, they need to step up and protect their customers," Hall adds.

A spokesman for Jewel food stores tells FOX 32 News the company won't comment on a pending lawsuit.

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