COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man used a wine bottle as a weapon against a cashier at the Lake Point Tower Market after he was caught trying to hide it in his pants, prosecutors said.
Stefan Mikolic, 21, set some beer on the convenience store counter on May 31, handed the cashier his ID, and then turned back to the liquor section as if considering some additional purchase, prosecutors said.
The cashier allegedly saw Mikolic slip a bottle of wine into his pants, prosecutors said, and confronted him.
Mikolic ditched the wine and ran out of the market, leaving his ID behind, prosecutors said. He went back a short time later, demanded the ID and whacked the cashier in the head with the bottle of wine he'd put in his pants.
The alleged culprit fled again, prosecutors said. He managed to avoid arrest until Thursday afternoon when police arrested him in the 5300 block of North Chester, where he'd been trespassing.
According to a police report, he was arrested there after refusing to leave an apartment complex pool at a development where he did not reside.
Mikolic, of the 5100 block of North East River Road, was charged with aggravated battery to a merchant and criminal trespassing. He was ordered held in lieu of $90,000 during a brief court hearing Friday.
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