Felony crimes can be committed in an endless number of scenarios. Drug crimes, violent crimes, sexual crimes, and property theft crimes all seem like the typical felony crimes that grace the pages of the newspaper and internet news sites each day. Sometimes, however, reporters catch news stories that involve lesser known crimes that are still felonies under Illinois law. This week two Chicago men face charges after being arrested for several crimes, including the lesser-known crime of intimidation.
A 73-year-old Catholic priest was allegedly confronted by two men at a South Side Chicago church over the weekend, after he had just finished celebrating Mass. The Chicago Tribune reports that after Mass, the priest noticed two men sitting in the back of the church. At some point, one of the men, 20-year-old Markquis Little demanded money from the priest. His associate, 22-year-old Deandrea Little, then allegedly poked the priest on the forehead and threatened him with physical harm. Mr. Little also allegedly threatened to go to the press with fabricated sexual assault allegations against the priest if he did not give them the money that they asked for.
The priest told the young men that he did not have any money, and they later left after standing around. The priest told officers that this was not his first encounter with the two men. In fact, the two had been demanding money from the priest as far back as four years ago. The priest alleges that over the years he has given over $10,000 to the young men. He also reported that the two men broke windows at the church and damaged his property in the past.