Nearby Items: Man Pulls Gun On Valet In River North; Man Batters Woman To Steal $5 In Lincoln Park

While not from our immediate neighborhood, here are some cases from nearby areas that have caught our attention:

Man Pulled Gun During Valet Dispute At Quartino, Prosecutors Say


A 32-year-old Ft. Lauderdale man faces weapons and theft charges for pulling out a gun and taking his car from a River North restaurant’s valet stand without paying on September 11, according to court records.

Police say Michael Pekic approached his vehicle outside of Quartino restaurant, 626 North State, then pulled a 9-millimeter handgun from his waistband, waved it in the air, and asked a bystander “do we have a problem here?”

Pekic then threatened a valet attendant with the gun, got into his Chevy Tahoe, and drove away without paying the parking charges, police said.

Officers who overheard a description of Pekic and his vehicle stopped him nearby and found a handgun inside his SUV, prosecutors said.

Pekic is charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft of services, and violating the concealed-carry act by having a handgun inside of the restaurant in violation of posted signs.

Prosecutors declined to file felony robbery charges against Pekic because he has a valid concealed-carry license.

Lincoln Park: Man Tackles Woman, Takes $5


A 21-year-old South Side man is charged with tackling and robbing a Lincoln Park woman of $5 last week, according to court records.

Prosecutors say Dwayne Mason of the Douglas neighborhood grabbed a 26-year-old woman by her hair, pulled her to the ground, and slammed her head on the pavement while pulling her purse away in the 1600 block of North Clybourn around 9 p.m. on September 15.

Police arrested Mason two blocks away and he was identified by the victim, prosecutors said. The victim told police that her purse contained five $1 bills, which police recovered from Mason’s front pocket. The woman’s purse was recovered nearby.

Mason’s bail is set at $150,000.

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