CHICAGO | A man is accused of choking an 8-year-old girl until she passed out in the bathroom of a restaurant.
According to police report, the little girl was with her mother at the Jason’s Deli in the 1200-block of South Canal Street and around 1:15pm the girl went to the bathroom by herself.
Few moments later, her mother heard a scream. She went into the bathroom and found Reese Hartstirn, carrying her unconscious daughter into a stall, police said. He had allegedly choked her with his hands.
Other people in the deli helped hold the man until officers arrived. Jason’s Deli released a statement Friday regarding the incident:
“We’re blessed to have a wonderful relationship with the Chicago Police Department. Many of them are our customers and because of their connection to our deli, this unfortunate situation was handled very quickly. We’re proud of how out team members responded and thankful that we have the kind of customers that are willing to lend a hand in a difficult situation. We continue to work hard every day to make every customer happy.”
The girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital. Hartstirn, was charged with aggravated kidnapping of a child, aggravated battery of a child and battery causing bodily harm.