CHICAGO— An Arizona businesswoman was charged with helping another woman rob her mother of a $40,000 engagement ring in Bucktown using a stun gun, authorities said.
Linda Falk, 55, of Surprise, Ariz., was charged with armed robbery in the Oct. 9 incident, police said Monday.
Janet Franck, 55, a prominent member of the speaking circuit, was shocked 15 times outside her condo in the 1700 block of North Marshfield by two people wearing masks — one of which was allegedly her daughter, Julie Franck, 26, who once ran a dog walking business.
Falk, who is enrolled at the National College of Education and owned a computer consulting business, appeared Monday in Cook County bond court where a judge set her bail at $300,000.
Falk did not speak except to confirm her identity when the judge asked, "Are you Linda Falk?'
Police with a special fugitive unit found Falk hiding out at the La Quinta Inn & Suites hotel in Bannockburn, Ill. at about 10:30 p.m., Friday, when she was taken arrested without incident.
Janet Franck told DNAinfo her daughter, who was charged in November, was not to blame and was "with the wrong people at the wrong time."
Prosecutors said Hall has a 1986 conviction for drug possession and a 1991 federal conviction for criminal damage to property.