A man who allegedly opened a package of peanut M&Ms at the Circle K at 106h and Cicero on December 30th at about 11:20 p.m., is facing charges that aren’t just peanuts.
The man, Arnold Hofling, allegedly entered the store and stood at the counter while intoxicated. The clerk told the police that Hofling was standing at the counter texting when he asked him if he needed anything.
According to the clerk’s statement to the police, Hofling mumbled something, grabbed a bag of the peanut M&Ms, opened the package and began eating the candy.
When the clerk asked Hofling what he was doing, he claims Hofling began poking him in the chest with his finger causing the clerk to call the police, who took Hofling into custody.
When Hofling was buckled into his seat in the squad car, he is accused of then beginning to bang his head on the plastic divider between the front and rear seats as well as the side door window.
In order to prevent damage to the squad, the officers decided to move Hofling to a half cage squad. One of the officers accused Hofling of trying to wipe the fluids from his nose on the officer.
Officers also accused Hofling of “tensing” up his body and pulling away from the officers. Eventually, Hofling was placed in another squad and transported to the police lockup. In the new vehicle, Hofling allegedly continued to kick and hit the divider. The officer claimed that Hofling damaged the cage.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved a felony charge. Hofling was charged with resisting a police officer, battery and criminal damage to government property. Hofling is a 25 year old white male with a Burbank address.