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Former Plainfield Bartender Charged After Fight at Uptown: Police

Brawling bartender to cops: "You must be here to arrest me."

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
A former bartender was arrested after allegedly getting into a scuffle with a former coworker at at Uptown Eatery & Tap, 24035 W. Lockport St., according to police.


Stephanie Cottrell, 27, of the 14000 block of Illinois St. in Plainfield, and boyfriend Randy Roberts, 38, of the 23000 block of Lakewood in Lake Zurich, were both charged with battery stemming from an incident just before midnight on Jan. 15.

Plainfield Sgt. Mike Fisher said Cottrell, a former employee who "didn't leave on good terms," entered the bar and began taunting a female bartender.

"Apparently the girl's mother had passed away," Fisher said. "[Cottrell] was literally giving her sarcasm about her mother passing away."

When the bartender went outside to get away from Cottrell's taunts, police said the former employee followed her outside. Meanwhile, Cottrell's boyfriend got into a verbal confrontation with the bartender's boyfriend, who told him to knock off the taunting, according to Fisher. That escalated into a physical fight, police said.

"The bartender comes back inside, and now she sees Cottrell's boyfriend with a choke hold on her boyfriend," Fisher said. When she attempted to step in, Cottrell grabbed her by the hair, and a fight ensued, according to police.

Bar patrons were able to separate the brawling bartenders and their boyfriends, according to police.

Fisher said footage from bar surveillance cameras backed up the Uptown employee's side of the story, and Cottrell and Roberts were taken into custody and charged with battery.

Upon the arrival of police, Cottrell was apparently unfazed. "You must be here to arrest me," she told officers, Fisher said.

No one was injured in the scuffle, police said.

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Rod Speedman February 02, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Boy, this girl sure is an awful person to attack someone like that. I sure am glad I'm not related to her. I say this for a fact, if my name isn't Rod Speedman, this girl will get the proper punishment. Just pure trash.
Rod Speedman February 02, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Sounds to me like this whole family is trash. What a pleasant family. No conscience whatsoever.
Sitting, watching. February 03, 2014 at 12:13 AM
Oh yea the entire family is. You can smell the ghetto hillbilly on her from a mile away. Im sure she will excel at her current job for a week or two until they realize she can't mix a drink if her life depended on it.
Frank February 03, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Allow me to rewrite this story. "Four people at a local watering hole, possibly each a bit over-served, got into a minor scuffle about something that had little or no importance to begin with and in the heat of the moment, a few things happened that were largely forgettable, that were ultimately about nothing important." Fairly boring news bit when put into the correct context.

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