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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Angie Cottrell January 30, 2014 at 01:10 PM
This story is totally incorrect! Sure would be nice if you are going to print a story that you get your facts correct ! Feel free to email me if you want the accurate story . I was raised to believe there is 3 sides to every story!
TB Plfd January 30, 2014 at 01:27 PM
that bar is TRASH! I refuse to go in there
MomofmanyinPlainfield January 30, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Wow! People can be mean and so heartless! Glad they are/will be charged!
Plainfield Independent January 30, 2014 at 01:58 PM
I don't go to any bars in Plainfield. There is no video gaming here so I take my money to another community.
Corey Matus January 30, 2014 at 02:38 PM
The Uptown is far from trash! It's a great place to hangout!
Corey Matus January 30, 2014 at 02:40 PM
I guess it's easy to talk about a place when you don't use your real name. This means you TB Plfd.
MomofmanyinPlainfield January 30, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Yes, I'm sure TB Plfd is glad he's not using his real name because stating your opinion about a bar is very scandalous! *EYE ROLL*
MomofmanyinPlainfield January 30, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Yes, I'm sure TB Plfd is glad he's not using his real name because stating your opinion about a bar is very scandalous! *EYE ROLL*
Dan January 31, 2014 at 08:00 AM
TB PLFD, sometimes the trash bars have the best entertainment.
Randy Wayne January 31, 2014 at 08:49 AM
You can take the redneck out of the trailer park but you can't take the trailer park out of the...
pdl January 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM
If I had to picture a bar where something this absurd would happen it would be Uptown. As for 3 sides to every story...it appears video surveillance validates who the aggressors and victims were here. Not sure a story matters really.
John Tips January 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Years ago when I had a girlfriend who worked at bar in Palatine, the owner, as a policy would not allow boyfriends or husbands to drink there. He reasoned that a woman working at a bar would get "hit upon" by drunks, which could lead to fights Still a good policy to avoid incidents and loss of liqueur licenses!
Sitting, watching. January 31, 2014 at 01:00 PM
A few things..... 1. She's a bartender that can't keep a job at one place for more than a few months. 2. She's not educated at all, you should see her Facebook posts, my 8 year old daughter has better sentence structure than her. 3. She's trashy. 4. I'm sure her boyfriend is a real winner too.....
Angie Cottrell January 31, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Thankfully this is America and she will have the opportunity to prove the lies being told! It's really sad how people feel the need to voice their views on something they know nothing about ! Who says cyber bullying is only for kids ?!?
Bad News Bears January 31, 2014 at 01:19 PM
I remember her from Uptown. Not sure about her character but in my opinion she was not a very good bartender. Also, I'll believe the video surveillance over the relative's version of the story. And if she was harassing the other girl about the death of her mother, well, that pretty much speaks volumes towards her character
Angie Cottrell January 31, 2014 at 01:56 PM
1st if all video wasn't seen ! Funny how it wasn't available to view at the time ! 2nd of all not 1 word was spoken about loss of her mother had no idea until next day that had happened however I'm pretty sure when my mom died I was home surrounded by family and friends not sitting at the bar drinking !
Hellogal January 31, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Why did she even fight a bartender there in the 1st place? I love going to uptown. This girls needs jail and bartending school. She looks cracked out and she is a horrible bartender.
Bad News Bears January 31, 2014 at 11:32 PM
Have a friend that was at Uptown when this happened. He said the Patch reported almost exactly as it happened. Video surveillance and witnesses. Hmmmmm, she might need more than 3 sides of her story for it to fly. Looks like karma got to work quickly in this one
Bill Murphy February 01, 2014 at 07:32 AM
Don't know any of the parties involved,but have seen too many of the same types of scenarios. Chick dating guy 10 years older then her from way up in Zurich,probably because her rep is pretty much ruined up to there,yeah I can pretty much see this story happened exactly as printed.
Yes February 02, 2014 at 12:53 PM
The Uptown is a great place and almost always guaranteed a good time! This article amazes me at just how trashy people can be.... The taunting about the death of a parent, and then the justification from the relative in the above comments is very unsettling.
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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