Two Milwaukee women are accused of drugging 10 men they met while out drinking at Chicago bars — and robbing them of $85,000 in cash and other valuables while they were knocked unconscious.
Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday that Tiana Trammel, 25, and Tjwana Rainey, 32, ran the scheme targeting drunken men from bars and clubs in Chicago’s River North section from late January through their arrest on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The women, both of whom are mothers of young children, allegedly coaxed the men with invitations to another location where they gave them a drink from a small glass vial, prosecutors said.
The victims would then black out, later awakening either in their own homes or on the side of a road without their wallets and valuables — but otherwise not hurt.
In total, Trammel and Rainey stole about $85,000 in cash, phones, and jewelry, prosecutors said.
The women also used stolen credit and debit cards at ATMs at Walmart and Target stores around Milwaukee, Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Kiefer told a judge.
They were arrested Sunday in Chicago after carrying a man from a downtown club to Trammel’s car, prosecutors said, adding that a tracker had been previously placed on her vehicle.
Surveillance video and license plate readers also captured Trammel’s movements, which “aligns with what happened to those victims,” Kiefer told a judge.
Trammel, who is pregnant, and Rainey, who works as a phlebotomist, have been charged with continuing a financial criminal enterprise and possession of a controlled substance. A judge set bail for Trammel at $55,000 and $45,000 for Rainey, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Drugging a person without their knowledge constitutes an “act of violence,” Judge Charles Beach II said during Tuesday’s bail hearing.
Neither women have significant criminal histories, their attorneys told the newspaper.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, did not detail what substance the pair allegedly used to knock their victims out, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Tests are being conducted to determine what chemicals were used, according to the Tribune.
Trammel and Rainey are reportedly due back in court on Nov. 4.
Author : Joshua Rhett Miller