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Man accused of racking up $900 bar tab without paying

  • Jermaine Thomas, Chicago Police Department handout.
Jermaine Thomas, Chicago Police Department handout.
November 18, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Woodlawn man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly ran up a $900 bar tab at a West Loop Chinese restaurant and couldn't pay it.

Jermaine Thomas, 28, of the 6100 block of South Ellis Avenue, was at the Dragonfly Mandarin Restaurant, county prosecutors said, attending a friend's birthday celebration until nearly 3 a.m. Sunday morning. When it came time to pay the bill, which was $911.56 for food and drink, an employee ran several of Thomas's credit cards but they were not able to cover the tab.

Thomas then tried to flee the restaurant, according to court records, pushing a police officer in the chest in the process. Two officers performed a takedown and Thomas was arrested outside the 832 W. Randolph St. location. 

"What, they all ran out the door and left him with the bill? "Judge Adam. D. Bourgeois Jr. asked after the prosecutor finished speaking.

Thomas was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Monday afternoon and released on a $10,000 I-bond with electronic home monitoring required.

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