A Chicago clothing store employee was stabbed more than 27 times after he asked a customer to wear a mask. Police arrested a woman and her sister in connection with the incident.

The incident occurred at a clothing store in the Homan Square neighborhood on Sunday.

When Jessica Hill, 21, and her sister Jayla, 18, entered the shop, the 32-year-old employee, whose name wasn't revealed, greeted them at the front door. When he asked the women to put on their masks and use a hand sanitizer, they refused to do so and began arguing with him, ABC-affiliated KABC-TV reported, citing Karie James, a police spokeswoman.

The women then got into a physical altercation with the man, during which one of them allegedly punched him in the chest. James told the television station that Jessica took out a knife from her back pocket and began stabbing him, while Jayla grabbed his hair to restrict his movement. She said the victim suffered at least 27 stab wounds to his chest, back and arms.

The man was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in critical condition, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The women were arrested at the scene and received treatment for minor lacerations. They were charged with first-degree attempted murder and were held without bail.

In May, a security guard at a Family Dollar outlet in Flint, Michigan, was shot dead after an argument with a customer who refused to wear a mask. The victim, 43, was shot in the head following the argument. Police later arrested a 45-year-old woman, Sharmel Teague, on suspicion of her involvement in the crime.

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