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Man on bail for steak theft charged with beating girlfriend

On Feb. 29, a 33-year-old Illinois man was arrested for beating and choking his girlfriend in their Oak Lawn home. He was out on bail for allegedly stealing steaks from a grocery store.

According to prosecutors, the girlfriend's minor son called police to report that his mother was being attacked by the suspect at approximately 7:48 a.m. The suspect allegedly choked his girlfriend, threw her to the floor and then dragged her into a bedroom, where he began slamming her head against a wall. When her son tried to intervene, the suspect shoved him aside.

Responding police officers said the suspect had 21 hydrocodone pills in his possession. He was charged with two felony counts of domestic battery, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful interference with reporting a battery. In separate cases, he is charged with battery against another individual and charges from the alleged grocery store theft. A Cook County judge set bail at $250,000 for the latest incident and an additional $50,000 for violating his bond. He was ordered to be held on no bail for the steak theft charges. He was also ordered to stay away from his girlfriend until the battery case is resolved.

People who have been arrested on battery charges can face serious consequences if they are convicted, including heavy fines and significant jail time. As a result, they may want to quickly obtain the assistance of a criminal defense attorney in order to build a strategy that could incorporate affirmative defenses such as self defense.

Source: Oak Lawn Patch, 'That's Not Even Prime Beef,' Judge Tells Man Accused of Swiping Choice Cut Steaks," Lorraine Swanson, Dec. 4, 2015

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