Woman Decks Man After He Says He Wouldn't Hit A Woman, Police Say

Also, a cashier was charged after fraudulently creating $1,000 in gift cards, police say. An arrest is merely an accusation, not evidence of a conviction.

Information is taken from Niles Police Department reports

Julie McCarthy, 47, of Niles was charged with battery Dec. 29 at noon in the 8800 block of Cumberland after police responded to a 25-year-old man who was bleeding from the mouth. The victim told police he had gone to get groceries from his father's car when he saw McCarthy on the sidewalk a few feet away, and she said, "Do you have a problem?", approached near him and said "Go ahead and hit me," according to the report. The victim said he would not hit a woman, and McCarthy punched him on the right side of the face, the report indicated. McCarthy's son appeared and struck the victim on the mouth, causing the laceration, police said. The victim's father then pulled the offender's son away from his son. 

McCarthy told police the two families do not get along, and said when she came out of her apartment, the victim was looking at her, would not let her pass and called her a swear word. "I punched him with a right cross right to his face," she told police, according to the report. Her court date is Jan. 20 in the Skokie branch of the Cook County courts.

Cashier charged with felony retail theft after cash drawer short $1,000 

Ashley Lawrence, 18, of  E. 88th Street, Chicago, was charged with a Class 4 felony count of retail theft Dec. 23 at a store in the 5600 block of Touhy Avenue. The employer said she worked as a cashier, and when her cash drawer came up short $1,000, they reviewed video and observed her activating two $500 Visa debit cards, according to the police report. Her court date was Dec. 24 in the Skokie courthouse.

Man charged with aggravated DUI; had suspended license, police say

Robert A. Perez, 43, of Niles was charged with a Class 4 felony count of DUI and a Class 4 felony count of Aggravated DUI after Niles police stopped him Dec. 29 just after midnight for making a left turn from the right lane of Milwaukee Avenue, they said. His driver's license is suspended, according to the report. His court date is Jan. 23 at the Skokie branch of the Cook County courts. 

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