Police: Alsip woman accused of hate crime, battery

A 26-year-old south suburban Alsip woman has been charged with battery and hate crime after she called two people offensive names during a South Side margarita festival over the summer, Chicago police said.

Jessica Sanders, 26, of the 12400 block of South 44th Court, was charged two felony counts of hate crime and two misdemeanor counts of battery, said Officer Michelle Tannehill, a spokeswoman for the Chicago police.

The charges stem from an incident on July 30 at 6:15 p.m. in the 7000 block of S. South Shore Drive when Sanders began calling a 28-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman offensive names, said Tannehill.

She then knocked a cell phone out of the man’s hand and spit on the woman, said Tannehill.

Sanders was arrested Oct. 12, at 4:20 p.m. in the 15200 block of South Cicero Avenue in Oak Forest and appeared Friday for a bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building where Judge Peggy Chiampas set a $50,000 bail, records show.

Sanders has since bonded out and is slated to appear in court again on Wednesday.

The Chicago Margarita Festival was a 2-day outdoor festival that took place on July 30 and 31st at the South Shore Culture Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.  The festival combines a margarita tasting with live original music, dancing, food trucks and fun, according to their website.

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