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Police: Joliet woman attacks mother, bystanders, tears off windshield wipers

Irene
Irene

A Joliet woman allegedly struck her mother, tore windshield wipers out of a car and randomly hit three people, including one man for not letting her use his cellphone, police said.

About 8:40 a.m. March 7, officers went to Morning Star Treasure Chest on West Jefferson Street after receiving a report of a crash in a parking lot where two people were apparently fighting, Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said in an email.

Officers determined that Irene S. Lawson, 22, was a passenger in a car driven by her mother and that she had struck her mother in the face “for an unknown reason,” Botzum said.

“A struggle ensued causing the vehicle to roll into a parked vehicle in the parking lot of the Morning Star Treasure Chest,” Botzum said.

Lawson exited the vehicle, ran up to a man and struck him in the face, Botzum said, then ran toward the Star Inn before dashing off to 50 Uno Circle, where she knocked a woman to the ground.

Lawson then jumped onto a vehicle in traffic near Jefferson Street and Hammes Avenue and tore off its windshield wipers, Botzum said.

Lawson made her way to the Golden Corral on West Jefferson Street and struck a man who was sitting in his car after he refused to let her use his cellphone, Botzum said. The man then handed the phone over, he said, and she headed toward a gas station and threw it to the ground.

Lawson was eventually apprehended and taken to a hospital for an evaluation, Botzum said.

On Saturday, Lawson was charged with battery, domestic battery and criminal damage to property.

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