A South Side woman chased an 82-year-old man into the middle of Michigan Avenue and then battered four cops after the octogenarian refused to give her a maskless hug on the Mag Mile this week, prosecutors said.
The senior citizen was walking in the 700 block of North Michigan around 4 p.m. Tuesday when Angelic Bowie and Richard Jeschke approached him without wearing masks and demanded hugs, Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said.
When the man refused, Bowie, age 27, and Jeschke advanced toward him until he retreated into the traffic lanes, according to Scaduto.
“Now you have nobody to protect you,” Jeschke allegedly told the victim as he grabbed for his arms. Bowie lashed the older man with a scarf in the middle of the street, Scaduto said.
CPD surveillance cameras reportedly captured footage of Bowie and Jeschke trying to hug strangers on Michigan Avenue.
Police arrived and ordered Bowie out of the street, but she allegedly refused. Instead, she dropped to the ground, bit a cop on this thigh, and kicked another officer in the leg and chest, Scaduto said.
At the station, she kicked an officer who inventoried her jewelry in the lock-up, then took a lighter from her property and set fire to paperwork inside her cell, according to Scadutto.
When a cop went into the cell to confiscate the lighter, Bowie kicked him “in the groin and testicle area,” Scadutto said.
Prosecutors charged her with four felony counts of aggravated battery of police, two counts of resisting police, assault, and criminal damage to property.
Scadutto said Bowie was on probation for two felonies at the time of this week’s incidents.
In the pending case, Bowie is accused of stealing a car from a Chicago Heights church parking lot and driving it into a pole while drunk, according to Scadutto. She’s also accused of battering and biting cops who arrested her in that case.
A judge initially ordered her held without bail in the Chicago Heights case, but another judge decided to release Bowie on her own recognizance in December, Scadutto said.
On Wednesday, Judge John Lyke ordered Bowie held without bail for violating terms of bond in the Chicago Heights matter. He set bail in the Mag Mile case at $100,000. Bowie must go onto electronic monitoring if she can post the required $10,000 deposit bond, Lyke said.
Jeschke is charged with two counts of resisting, assault, and reckless conduct. Another misdemeanor court judge released him on his own recognizance.