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Man Allegedly Punches Woman in Face at 191 South: Police Blotter

Mokena Police Department reports, Nov. 7–8 • Mokena woman victim of Texas identity theft • Rash of graffiti continues • Man allegedly punches woman in face at 191 South.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7

Mokena Woman Victim of Texas Identity Theft

A Mokena woman residing on the 10500 block of Camden Court reported at 7:38 p.m. that she was a victim of identity theft. 

The woman stated that unknown persons had opened numerous credit cards in her name and made multiple purchases without her permission for a total amount of $5,790.23. She reported that the transactions took place in Willowbrook, Conroe and Houston TX.

All purchases occurred between Oct. 26 and Oct. 31, but the woman didn’t become aware of what happened until several days later. She was able to cancel all the cards.

The woman also told police that the offenders set up an account in her name with JPMorgan Chase in April and made regular payments on it until recently. Four accounts were opened without her permission.

Investigation on this incident is pending.

THURSDAY, NOV. 8

Rash of Graffiti Continues

Criminal defacement of property was discovered at 9:24 a.m. on the 9400 block of Enterprise Drive.

Unknown persons spray-painted a building with graffiti, including symbols and phrases, some of which were explicit. 

The Will County Sheriff’s Department recently dealt with a similar occurrence in the same neighborhood.

Investigation on this incident is pending.

Man Allegedly Punches Woman in Face at 191 South

A man was arrested for battery after he allegedly punched a woman when she took offense at his use of a racial slur.

Billy Jack Pelton, 32, of the 1900 block of Garden Road in Pearland TX, is charged with one count of battery after allegedly hitting a woman at 191 South.

Officers were dispatched at 11:14 p.m. to the bar. 

When they spoke with the victim, she told police that she and her friend were smoking in the beer garden when Pelton asked them for a cigarette.

The victim told him she had Newports. Then Pelton told her “That’s a [racial term] cigarette. I don’t want that,” according to police reports.

When the victim said she didn’t appreciate his comments, Pelton allegedly became angry and tried to hit her with his beer bottle. The victim told police that he missed. Then, he allegedly punched her in the face with a closed fist, before numerous people broke up the altercation.

Pelton said that an altercation had occurred, but that he wasn’t involved.

Police reports state that there was a strong odor of alcohol on Pelton’s breath when he was being questioned.

Both the victim and her friend identified Pelton as the alleged offender. The victim stated that she wanted to file a complaint.

Pelton was arrested for battery, transported to the Mokena Police Department and released at 12:15 a.m. His court date is Dec. 19.

Police blotter information is provided by the Mokena Police Department. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

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