Jerome Thompson, 46, of Waukegan

Prosecutors allege a man engaged in a “random act of violence” when he stabbed a Good Samaritan in the chest, who was intervening in an altercation between the man and an elderly woman, at a McDonald’s in Waukegan.

Jerome Thompson, 46, of Waukegan, was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery in a public place, possession of a controlled substance, battery, resisting a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer, theft and assault.

The Waukegan Police Department responded at approximately 6:10 p.m. on February 27 to McDonald’s, 304 North Sheridan Road in Waukegan, for reports of a fight.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Manuel Mandujano said during a preliminary and detention hearing that Thompson entered the McDonald’s and ordered food.

Thompson wasn’t happy with his food and walked to a table to plug his phone into a charger.

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Thompson then went back to the counter and yelled at the employees about his food, Mandujano said.

While at the counter, an employee moved Thompson’s phone without his knowledge.

When Thompson returned to find his phone missing, he allegedly blamed an elderly woman for taking it.

The woman took her phone out and started recording Thompson, which angered him.

Thompson allegedly grabbed the woman’s phone and said he was going to “beat her a–,” Mandujano said.

A bystander, who Waukegan police identified as a “Good Samaritan” in their report, intervened between Thompson and the woman.

Thompson allegedly took out a switchblade, which had its blade retracted, and started swinging it at the victim.

When the victim realized Thompson had a switchblade, he started pushing and hitting Thompson to get away, Mandujano said.

The fight moved to the parking lot and eventually broke up.

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The victim went back into the restaurant to get his wife and child and leave.

As the victim left the restaurant with his family, Thompson allegedly went up and stabbed him in the chest with the switchblade.

When officers tried to arrest Thompson, he allegedly resisted and swallowed a clear bag containing a white substance, which later field-tested positive for cocaine.

In the process, Thompson bit an officer’s finger, causing the officer to be hospitalized, Mandujano said.

Paramedics with the Waukegan Fire Department transported the victim to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Thompson is wanted as a fugitive from justice out of Minnesota and Lake County, Indiana, Mandujano said.

He is also on parole for a 1999 Lake County, Indiana case where he pleaded guilty to robbery, among other charges.

Mandujano called the incident a “random act of violence,” and asked Lake County Judge Christopher Lombardo to order him detained pending trial.

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Thompson’s public defender said the victim “beat my client up,” adding that Thompson was punched, choked and had various injuries.

The public defender said Thompson thought he would be killed and acted in self-defense.

Lombardo called Thompson a “danger to the community” and ordered him detained in the Lake County Jail.

The court heard a motion from the defense on March 1.

Thompson remains held in the Lake County Jail and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on March 26.