Ashley Rueff, Chicago Tribune, January 25, 2011
A 40-year-old Chicago man, who works as a motivational speaker for the anti-violence group We Stop the Killings, is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 8 after he was charged with hitting a woman in his car, police said.
Warren Jackson was charged with a misdemeanor count of domestic battery, said the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
Tinley Park Police were called to the Burlington Coat Factory at about 8:23 p.m. Jan. 21 after another shopper reported walking out of the store and seeing a man hitting a woman inside a car parked in the fire lane in front of the store, according to a police report.
The shopper reported seeing the man remove a toddler from the car and put him back in the front passenger seat of the vehicle before turning around from the driver’s seat and punching a woman in the back seat, police said. The shopper told police she ran inside to call for help and when she exited again the car had relocated to a different part of the parking lot where the man continued to attack the woman, police said.
Oak Forest Police stopped Jackson’s car and arrested him at 8:44 p.m. near the intersection of 159th Street and Laramie Avenue, a few miles east of the store, police said.
The child was sitting in the front seat of the car without a child’s safety seat, and the woman was in the back seat of the car with cuts on her face, police said.
The woman told police she met Jackson at the store where they planned to buy a coat for the toddler and then they began to argue. A store employee told police she saw the two arguing on a store surveillance camera.
After the alleged attack in the car, the woman said Jackson apologized and said he would return her to the parking lot to pick up her own vehicle after he switched cars because police would be looking for his Mercedes after the incident, police said.