Food Fight At Movies Ends In Battery Charge
One movie theater does not allow patrons to bring in food from the adjoining restaurant, and a fight erupted when one man tried to do that, police said. An arrest is merely an accusation, not evidence of a conviction.
Nilay Patel, 28, of Mount Prospect was charged with battery Dec. 23 at a movie theater in the 9100 block of Golf Road after theater employees notified police of a dispute.
A restaurant adjoins the theater, but the theater does not allow patrons to bring restaurant food into the theater. Patel tried to do just that, with a theater employee stopping him and explaining the policy, according to the police report. Patel argued with the employee and was asked to leave the theater, the report indicated.
Patel returned to the theater with containers concealed beneath his shirt, and the employee perceived them to be the same food containers; when the employee again turned Patel away, according to police, they got into an argument and Patel pushed the employee on the chest and neck with both hands, grabbed his shirt and told him he would be waiting for him outside to "take care of him." Another employee had to physically separate them, and that employee told police Patel had become loud and angry with the victim, and pushed him several times, according to police.
Patel's court date is Jan. 26 in the Skokie branch of the Cook county courts.
Woman charged with retail theft after trying to return items
Sara Massarik, 48, of North Kildare Street, Chicago, was charged with retail theft Dec. 23 after security agents at a store in the 6100 block of Touhy said they saw her enter the store without any items, select several items and then try to return them for cash using a receipt she had from before, according to the police report. Police said she fraudulently returned $144.25 worth of items and left the store with $48.96 worth of items she had not paid for. Her court date is Jan. 14 in Skokie.
Information is taken from Niles Police Department reports.