Mariano’s security officers accused a man of placing several bottles of alcohol in a cart at about 6:30 p.m. on the 29th of September.
The security officers claimed that they saw Lavell Porter walk with the cart to the front of the store and toward the exit doors. The security officers told the Oak Lawn police that they stopped Porter after he passed the last point of purchase and identified themselves as “store security”.
The security officer asked Porter to not fight and to “be cool”. The security officer claimed that Porter become agitated and allegedly stated, “man, I have work on Monday”. Porter then allegedly attempted to flee the business, began pushing and allegedly throwing fists toward the security guard.
The security guard credited other shoppers who blocked the doors preventing Porter from leaving and allowing the security officer to place the handcuffs on him.
By the time the Oak Lawn police arrived on the scene, Porter was seated in handcuffs in the security office. The security officer allegedly suffered bruising and swelling and a small cut on his wrist. He signed complaints for retail theft and battery against Porter. Porter was issued a criminal trespass warning and will not be allowed to shop at the store.
The merchandise was allegedly worth $343.66. During a search of Porter, the police claim that they found a pipe that they claim is commonly used to smoke crack cocaine. No drugs were found on Porter.
Porter, a 40 year old black male with a Chicago address, was charged with retail theft, battery-bodily harm and possession of drug paraphernalia.