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Palos Park Woman Broke into Victim's House Twice to Instigate Fight, Police Say

Samantha Romanowicz bit and scratched the woman and beat her dogs with a broom in the first encounter and then returned two hours later, Joliet police said.

By Karen Sorensen

A Palos Park woman was arrested twice Sunday after she returned to a friend's Joliet home to continue a fight for which she'd been previously charged, Joliet police said.

Capt. Tab Jensen said he did not know why Samantha Romanowicz, 28, of 10536 Fitzsimmons Drive, and the victim were arguing, but in both cases Romanowicz was charged with criminal trespass to property. 

Police were initially called to a home at 1319 N. Prairie Ave. at about 4:55 p.m. after Romanowicz reportedly entered her friend's house through a back window, struck her dogs with a broom and then got into a physical altercation with the woman, Jensen said. 

The victim was scratched and bitten, but declined medical treatment, he said.

Romanowicz was arrested and charged with criminal trespass, cruelty to animals and two counts of battery and released on a recognizance bond.

A little more than two hours later, Romanowicz returned to the house and attempted to resume the fight with the victim, Jensen said. Police were summoned again, and Romanowicz charged with criminal trespass and resisting a peace officer and again released on a recognizance bond.

Romanowicz is due in court on the first arrest on Jan. 28 and on the second on Jan. 27.

According to published reports, Romanowicz was arrested in Tinley Park in August 2011 on a charge of retail theft, in Evergreen Park in September 2011 for possession of drug paraphernalia/needles and cooking plates, and in Oak Lawn in September 2011 for retail theft for stealing medication from a Jewel-Osco.
Katie ann January 01, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Heroin is a hell of a drug
Joe Gerrado January 03, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Why was she let out on her own recognizance TWICE in as many hours? That's ridiculous!

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