Last Friday Ald. Cappleman tweeted: "Had a woman with 446 prior arrests arrested again. She really needs a structured environment to give us all, including herself, some peace."
Turns out he buried the lead.
As the Sun-Times reports today, the (in)famous Charmaine Boone/Shermain Miles -- she of the 446 arrests, including several for mugging senior citizens -- went after Alderman C with a knife on Friday after she saw him call in a 911 report regarding her public drinking and intoxication.
It’s dangerous being a hands-on Chicago alderman who walks the streets of his ward and is not afraid to get his hands dirty. Rookie Ald. James Cappleman (46th) is living proof. [...]Read the entire article here.
The alderman said he didn’t actually see the knife, nor was he stabbed. But, Cappleman said he has no doubt his life was in danger.“She reached into her blouse and was chasing me ….Two witnesses told me, ‘She has a knife. You’d better run’ — and I did,” the alderman said.
“The real story is not that she chased after me with a knife or no knife. … The real story is that we have someone in the community with 448 arrests who is terrorizing our community and we can’t stop it. This has gone on for years and years with her. … My goal is that we do something so that she stops falling through the cracks. … My goal is to get this woman help so she is off the streets. I’m tired of this. The community is tired of this.”
Update: The Windy City Times story is here.
Update: The Trib has the story, too, with some history on Ms. Boone:
Cook County Court and state prison records indicate Boone, listed in state prison records as Shermain Miles, has been arrested more than 300 times since 1986 on drug possession, retail theft, criminal damage to property, prostitution and armed robbery charges. She has been convicted and sent to prison at least 10 times, the records show. When she was arrested Friday, she was on parole for armed robbery after being released from prison in April 2011.
Cappleman said she boasts of being arrested 446 times. Cappleman said he would like to see the woman get into a program that treats whatever underlying problems she has. “My goal is to get this woman help, so she is off the streets,” Cappleman said. “I am tired of this. The community is tired of this. . . . We have someone … who is terrorizing our community, and we can’t stop it.”