Darsel Waller, of Chicago, was arrested Tueday, August 16th, after police responded to a shoplifting call.
Oak Lawn Police were called to Fairplay Foods at 87th Street & Cicero Avenue in response to a call about an alleged uncooperative shoplifter. When officers arrived, they found Waller sitting on a bench in front of the store with an employee of Fairplay. The employee told officers that he watched Waller conceal items in her purse and a rolling backpack. The employee then reported observing Waller proceed to the checkout and pay for bananas, potatoes, and oranges worth about $5.00. But Waller did not pay for the items she had allegedly concealed.
When Waller walked toward the exit, the employee confronted her. According to the report, Waller was uncooperative and refused to return the items or provide any information about herself.
Officers noted packages of meat, fish, cereal, and other items in Waller’s bags. While officers were reportedly recovering the merchandise from Waller’s bags, she refused commands to remain seated. According to the police, Waller attempted several times to remove items from the bags.
Once all items were recovered from Waller’s bags, officers informed her that she was under arrest and ordered her to stand up and place her hands behind her back. According to the police, Waller refused. When officers grabbed her arms, Waller reportedly struggled. When informed that she would be taken to the ground if she did not comply, she still refused.
Waller was taken to the ground, but laid on her hands. According to the police, while refusing to remove her hands from beneath her, she shouted out “police brutality” several times.
Officers informed Waller that they would use pepper spray to gain compliance if she continued to resist. Officers were able to gain control of her arms without using the pepper spray.
After being handcuffed, Waller reportedly began yelling “I’m sorry.”
One officer sustained a minor injury in the struggle, which was partially captured on surveillance cameras.
Darsel Waller was charged with retail theft and two counts of resisting a police officer.
Catherine Butterfield, of Chicago, and was arrested Tuesday, August 16th, when officers were called to the Hilton.
Oak Lawn Police were called to the Hilton hotel at 93rd Street & Cicero Avenue at about 10:40pm because of a person who was entering vehicles without permission. When officers arrived, they observed Butterfield standing in the hotel parking lot with a hotel employee.
The employee related to officers that he had been informed by cleaning personnel that Butterfield had been found sleeping in one of the closed off rooms in the hotel that are only accessible to employees. While being escorted out of the hotel, Butterfield allegedly snatched a can of soda that belonged to the hotel and started drinking it. Officers noted that Butterfield was still drinking a soda.
As the employee escorted Butterfield out of the main entrance, he followed her through the parking lot. From only 10 to 15 feet away, the employee claimed to have observed Butterfield pulling on random car door handles as she walked. Butterfield allegedly found one door unlocked and got into the vehicle.
According to the report, the employee asked Butterfield what she was doing, to which she replied that the vehicle belonged to a friend of hers. The employee advised Butterfield that the vehicle actually belonged to him, not any friend of hers. Butterfield got out of the vehicle and the employee called the police.
Butterfield denied entering the employee’s car. According to the police, she became verbally abusive towards officers, calling them names and refusing to answer questions. In the report, officers noted the odor of alcohol on her breath.
The employee stated his desire for Butterfield to be arrested and agreed to sign complaints. Butterfield was placed under arrest, while allegedly continuing to be verbally abusive.
Catherine Butterfield was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle and theft.
On Friday, August 19th, police responded to Jewel-Osco at 94th Street & Pulaski Road for a shoplifting call.
When Oak Lawn Police arrived at the grocery store, they spoke with a loss prevention agent who provided details of the alleged crime.
Just prior to the agent arriving at work, a retail theft attempt had occurred. A black woman in her mid to late 40s attempted to steal approximately $200 worth of liquor, but was stopped by a manager near the doors. The woman then exited the store without the merchandise and fled to a waiting green Chevy Trailblazer. The Trailblazer fled the scene southbound on Pulaski Road.
Two store managers ran after the vehicle and were able to copy the license plate number. Since no theft was thought to have occurred, the call for the vehicle was cleared.
After reviewing security footage, the loss prevention agent discovered some disturbing behavior. Footage showed the woman filling her shopping cart. The woman then attempted to enter the restrooms located near the pharmacy. The doors appeared to be locked, and she knocked on them. The woman then pulled down her pants, squatted while leaning against the bathroom door, and urinated on the floor.
After reviewing further footage, the loss prevention agent discovered that a black male also exited that Trailblazer and entered the store. As employees chased after the Trailblazer, the man exited the store with the liquor. It was unclear where the man went after exiting the store or if he later rendezvoused with the Trailblazer.