Loop: Woman accused of stabbing man with potato peeler

Francine McCaleb is accused of stabbing a man with a potato peeler. | CCSO; Real Simple

A couple of unusual filings discovered by our court reporter:

An Englewood woman has been charged with repeatedly stabbing a man with a potato peeler during a dispute in the Loop last week.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Francine McCaleb and a 61-year-old man were having an argument in the 600 block of South Wabash around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 3rd when McCaleb suddenly stabbed the man in his stomach with a potato peeler. McCaleb then pulled out a knife and continued her attack, according to police.

When it was all said and done, the victim had been stabbed eight times in the right leg, once in the right hand, and once in the abdomen, prosecutors said. Police recovered a potato peeler and a knife at the scene.

McCaleb is charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Judge Stephanie Miller set bail at $10,000. Police said McCaleb told them that she didn’t understand why she was being arrested.


Congratulations are in order for Brian T. Graham. The West Englewood resident managed to get arrested twice in less than eight hours on Jan. 4th.

Around 10:30 a.m., Graham charged at a woman as she walked her dog in the first block of West 15th Street, according to police. “I’m going to f**king kill you,” Graham allegedly yelled. When the victim’s dog intervened in the assault, Graham kicked the animal repeatedly, prosecutors said. The pooch was not seriously injured.

Prosecutors charged Graham with assault and cruelty to animals. He was released on a recognizance bond and returned to the streets.

Then, at 5 p.m. the same day, Graham was arrested in the 1600 block of South Dearborn after he snatched $100 from a man who was making an ATM withdrawal, according to allegations made in court records. Graham was arrested nearby and charged with theft. Judge Mary Marubio released him on another recognizance bond.

NOTE: As of Dec. 29th, the Chicago Police Department has been withholding many mugshots in violation of state law. CWBChicago is encouraging the police department to come into compliance with state law immediately.
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