The Oak Lawn police force responded to a disturbance call Sunday the 26th when a customer at Jedi’s Garden was allegedly causing a disturbance.
A man, Mark Pleasant, entered Jedi’s Garden at the corner of Southwest Highway and Cicero, and purchased a small cake. He paid for the small cake. After that fact, the clerk and Pleasant disagree on the rest of the story.
According to the employee at the restaurant, Pleasant then asked for change for a $100 bill and she said she gave him four $20 bills, one $10 bill, one $5 bill, and five $1.00 bills. The employee claims that Pleasant then began causing a disturbance at the register and was allegedly yelling that he was ripped off. The employee claims that Pleasant then ripped the $100 bill out of her hand, grabbed an extra $50 and began to leave.
Pleasant was confronted by the manager in the vestibule of the restaurant. The manager claims that Pleasant swung wildly at him but did not connect on punches. Pleasant fled the restaurant and jumped into a car driven by his stepson.
The car was stopped by Oak Lawn police at 8800 S. Central Avenue. Pleasant claimed that the $100 bill, which he had in his possession was his money. He also had $98, which he said was change from buying the small cake at Jedi’s Garden. Pleasant denied that he took any money.
The driver of the vehicle did not witness the confrontation inside and told the police he thought his stepdad entered the restaurant for directions. When he returned to the car, he gave the driver $100 to take him somewhere that wasn’t disclosed by the police.
Pleasant, a 51 year old black male, provided a Chicago address to the police. He was charged with felony robbery after the Cook County State’s Attorney approved the charge.