HELLO, GOOD BYE: Burglar Paroled, Arrested, Convicted, And Returned To Prison…In Less Than 3 Days

The Edward Hall mugshot collection. (L to R): November 26; November 29; December 1.
Images: Illinois Department of Corrections, Chicago Police Department.

This must be some kind of record. Convicted Winnebago County burglar Edward Hall managed to get paroled, find his way to Boystown, get arrested and convicted of prostitution, have his parole revoked, and get returned to prison in less than 60 hours over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Hall was released from a downstate prison the day before Thanksgiving and almost immediately made his way to Boystown. Police arrested him for prostitution in an alley behind Halsted and Newport at 3:30AM on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. He pleaded guilty, received a one-day sentence, then got shipped off to Stateville to serve out the rest of his burglary term.

What An Ass!

Police say Zachary T. Martinson of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, had a simple plan for the evening of November 30th. He’d take the Red Line to Belmont and walk over to Halsted Street’s Steamworks bath house.

He never made it to Steamworks.

Police say Martinson eyed the plump buttocks of a man as he walked along Belmont and proceeded to give those butt cheeks a friendly slap of affection.

Unfortunately for Martinson, the buttocks belong to an undercover police officer who was working on an anti-robbery mission.

Two other officers stopped Martinson for a field interview and were wrapping up when things escalated. Quickly.

Martinson, 25, allegedly lunged at an officer who was getting into a police car, at which point the officer told Martinson he was being arrested. “Offender began to resist…to defeat arrest [and officers] performed emergency handcuffing,” police say, adding that Martinson became apologetic after being read his rights.

“I want to apologize for smacking your bodacious booty,” Martinson is quoted as saying. “I got off the Red Line and decided to hit on some random person who had a bodacious booty.” Martinson allegedly told police that he thought it would be OK to smack a nice ass because he was on Belmont.

He’s charged with battery, aggravated assault to a police officer, and two counts of resisting arrest.

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