A man allegedly entered the Thornton’s gas station, at 9138 S. Cicero, and paid for gas then proceeded to pump gas at the pump. Then it turned “ugly”.
According to the store clerk, the man, Alton Spann, came back into the store and told the clerk to “give me one of them mother f…… black and milds.” The clerk claimed that she rang up the purchase for the tobacco and asked Spann if he needed a receipt. He allegedly told her “I don’t need no mother f….. receipt!” He reportedly left the store with the cigar after paying.
The clerk needed to use the washroom so she posted a sign on the door that she would return in two minutes. She heard a what she described as someone trying to pull the door off the hinges. The clerk related to police that she saw that the someone was Spann who she admonished for “acting that way” as she pointed to the sign.
Spann then allegedly told the clerk, “You know what, I do want a mother f…… receipt with your number on it.” She gave him a receipt without her phone number. According to the clerk, he then told her that “he needs one of the f…… car chargers.”
The clerk rang up the purchase for the cell phone car charger which was $6.00. According to the clerk, Spann became enraged at the price, threw the charger at her and allegedly said, “I ain’t paying no f…… $6.00 for a f…… charger, bi…. Use that charger right there and charge my f…… phone, bi…!”
The clerk said that she would not charge Spann’s phone on her personal charger and asked him to leave the store. He refused to leave, called her a “mother f…… ugly bi…” and told her he wasn’t leaving. She called 9-1-1.
Four police officer’s were on the scene at about 4:30 a.m., on St. Patrick’s Day, within minutes of the call. Spann was still at the Thornton’s when the officers arrived. One of the officers asked for identification but said Spann became aggressive and agitated that he had to provide identification. He continued to refuse to provide identification even though the officer told him that it was the fastest way to be able to leave.
While Spann told the office he understood, he also reportedly said, “you mother f…… crackers need to get out of my f…… face.”
One of the officers reported smelling a “strong odor” of alcohol on Spann. When one of the officers asked Spann to provide his story, he began cursing at the officer and allegedly pointed his finger toward the officer’s face. The officer reportedly explained that Spann was making the situation worse and that cooperating would be in his best interest. Instead, he continued to yell at the officer, according to the police. He allegedly stepped toward the officer and another officer grabbed Spann’s wrist and handcuffed him for disorderly conduct.
The police claim that Spann was “clinching up” and making a fist in an attempt to make it hard for the officers to handcuff him. The officers claimed that he pushed and pulled while being moved to the squad car. He sat in the backseat, but refused to pull his legs into the car. Officers reported assisting Spann to get his legs into the car for transport to the police lockup.
The night didn’t end quietly as the police claim Spann tried to fight with officers at the lockup while they were attempting to remove the handcuffs. Thornton’s signed a complaint for criminal trespass and for disorderly conduct. He was also charged with resisting an officer.
Spann is a 35 year old black male with a Chicago address. Sometimes it just isn’t your mother f…… day!