Teen girl is second charged in Joliet beating, robbery
BY BRIAN STANLEY email@example.com September 9, 2013 3:46PM
Mark A. Cortez | Photo courtesy of Will County Sheriff's office
Updated: October 11, 2013 6:17AM
JOLIET TOWNSHIP — A second suspect, a 17-year-old Joliet girl, has been arrested in the beating and robbery of a Chicago man last month.
Joliet police found Becca L. Prater at 133 Hobbs Ave. about 8 p.m. Saturday and took her into custody on warrants for robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and battery stemming from the Aug. 14 incident, according to Will County jail records.
Early that morning, a bleeding 32-year-old man was walking down the 100 block of Schorie Avenue with a knife, asking residents to call police, Will County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.
As the victim was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Silver Cross Hospital, he told detectives he’d been gambling at Harrah’s Casino the night before and won nearly $1,000 while striking up a friendship with another patron.
After going to play pool at a bar on Collins Street, the other man invited the victim to “drink and party” at a friend’s house on Schorie. The still-unidentified man introduced the victim to five men inside the house and left.
“After a brief conversation, (the suspects) began beating and kicking him over his head and body and (he) was also beaten with a baseball bat,” Hoffmeyer said. “Prater tried stabbing him with a knife and threatened to kill him.”
A 42-year-old man reportedly took money from the victim’s wallet while the victim was ordered into the basement. After he was “allowed” back upstairs to join the group in using cocaine, the victim grabbed a 12-inch knife from a kitchen table and fled, Hoffmeyer said.
The man accused of wielding the bat, Mark A. Cortez, 38, of 1108 Bartel Road, was arrested later that morning on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated battery. He remains in the Will County jail on $150,000 bail.
Detectives conducted further interviews and obtained a warrant on Aug. 28 for Prater’s arrest. The 42-year-old man also faces theft charges but remains at-large, according to reports.