Prosecutors say a woman stole goods from a store, kicked two police officers who tried to arrest her and tried grabbing the officers’ tasers in Wauconda.
Krystal M. Head, 37, of Wauconda, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery of a peace officer, two counts of retail theft and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The Wauconda Police Department responded on October 30 to the Jewel-Osco, 547 West Liberty Street, according to court records.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Manuel Mandujano said an employee of the store confronted Head about stealing as she was exiting the store.
Head gave the employee a bottle of Fireball after being asked to give the items back.
Head, who consumed two small shooter bottles of alcohol while inside the store, took off running, Mandujano said.
Mandujano said officers located Head at her residence and the woman became irate and started throwing items at the officer, including several lighters, a shooter bottle and a vape.
The items hit the officer in the vest and Head’s father told police the items came from Jewel-Osco.
When officers told Head she was under arrest for theft, she began pulling away and resisting arrest, Mandujano said.
At one point, Head pulled away successfully from the officers’ grasp and began pulling on the officer’s taser on their duty belt, Mandujano said.
Head allegedly continued fighting and the officers took her to the ground. They arrested her and had to drag and carry her to the squad car.
Officers then placed the woman up against the squad car for a search.
During the search, Head kicked backward and struck one of the officers in the leg before kicking a second officer, Mandujano said.
Head also attempted to grab another officer’s taser while inside the Wauconda Police Department lockup, Mandujano said, adding that the woman was damaging property in lockup.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak said Head has numerous prior theft cases. He set bond at $200,000 in the case.
Potkonjak denied the woman’s attorney’s request to reduce bond during a bond review hearing Monday morning.
Head remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $20,000 cash in order to be released.