The Aurora Police Department has secured felony charges through the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office against a 52-year-old Montgomery woman in connection with an incident in which she allegedly dragged a grocery store security employee with her car.
Lori R. Federman of the 100 block of Keck Avenue in Aurora faces aggravated battery and felony retail theft charges in connection with the Feb. 19 incident at a grocery store in the 1900 block of West Galena Boulevard.
A 24-year-old female employee told police that she witnessed Federman shoplifting several items including meat and vitamins at around 6:15 p.m. Feb. 19. When the employee confronted Federman, she allegedly ran to her car with the employee chasing after her.
After getting into the vehicle, police said Federman grabbed onto the employee’s collar, pulled her partially into her car and took off. After she let the employee go, Federman sped away through the parking lot’s east exit.
The employee suffered only minor injuries and was treated on-scene by Aurora Fire Department paramedics, police said.
Detectives were able to secure several forensic items that pointed to Federman’s alleged involvement in the case. A warrant was issued for her arrest earlier this month, and she turned herself in to Aurora Police on April 18.
The charges against Federman are not proof of guilt. She is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the burden of the state to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: Aurora Police Department Facebook page