I won’t be writing about crime, but the beauty of this woman, inspired me to report on this story, and share a message.
CWB Chicago Reports: Prosecutors today released new details about an undercover CPD and U.S. Marshals operation that resulted in the arrests of two women who allegedly drugged and robbed a nightclub employee in River North early Sunday.
One of the women has been involved in at least 10 similar drug-induced robberies in Chicago, prosecutors said. The other has allegedly been connected to four of those cases. The state alleged that at least $85,000 in proceeds have been collected from victims by stealing phones and jewelry and using stolen credit cards at retail stores in the Milwaukee area.
Tiana Trammell, 25, and Tjwana Rainey, 32, appeared in separate bond hearings Tuesday afternoon to face charges of operating a continuing financial crimes enterprise and possession of a controlled substance.
Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Kiefer said the women ran a “fairly simple scheme” that targeted men in nightlife areas. While each crime’s specifics varied, the women offered each victim alcohol laced with a knock-out drug that rendered the men unconscious almost immediately, according to Kiefer.
Some of the victims regained consciousness while lying on the side of roads. Others awakened inside their own homes, while one was found at the Lake Forest oasis off Interstate 94, prosecutors said.
Early Sunday, CPD surveillance cameras recorded footage of the women literally carrying an unconscious nightclub employee from a bar to Trammell’s car, where they proceeded to remove his valuables, Kiefer said. Chicago police and deputy marshals, who had the women under surveillance for days, arrested them at the scene.
That victim told his story to CWBChicago today.
After the women were taken into custody, police found “many small vials of alcohol opened and filled to the top,” according to Kiefer. The liquid inside those bottles is being tested. Cops also located a handgun in the glove compartment of Trammell’s car. Kiefer said she is a licensed concealed carry holder.
Defense attorney Aaron Rosenblatt said Rainey is a licensed phlebotomist and certified nursing assistant who works at Milwaukee hospital. She has no criminal background.
Trammell’s public defender said she has one child and has another on the way.
“This alleged enterprise involves the…drugging of individuals,” Judge Charles Beach said after hearing the state’s charges. “Putting something into someone’s body and not knowing the result of it — affecting their body without them having a choice in it is an act of violence.”
“I am viewing this in some way as an act of violence,” he continued.
Beach then ordered Rainey held in lieu of $45,000 bail. She will need to post $4,500 to get out of jail before trial.
Noting Trammell has an outstanding warrant in Tennessee and lives in Wisconsin, Beach said, “flight is a real possibility” in her situation. He set her bail at $55,000. Even if she can post the $5,500 deposit bond to get out, she cannot travel to Wisconsin, Beach ordered.
After the club employee who was targeted Sunday told his story to CWBChicago, another North Side man contacted our team today to report a similar experience.
“It happened at the end of June 2019,” the man said. “A friend and I were at [a Gold Coast bar] around midnight. We had some drinks, then don’t remember leaving at all.” The man and his friend woke up at his Streeterville apartment around 1 o’clock the next afternoon.
“Both of our phones were missing, cash was gone from wallets. My laptop was there, but they had changed our iCloud passwords as well as passwords for credit cards,” the man said.
“Once we got those reset, I realized they had gone to 3 different Walmarts and 3 different Target stores around Milwaukee, charging thousands of dollars at each.”
Prosecutors on Tuesday specifically said Trammell used victims’ credit cards at Walmart and Target stores in Milwaukee.
The man, who filed a police report after the incident, said he is trying to contact Chicago police today for follow-up.
I was raised in Milwaukee, and in recent years I’ve heard of women who live there practicing behavior like this. Chances are, the knock out drug is actually VISINE. (Yes, eye drops)
A lot of us come from the hood, and we do the best we can with men who want to take from us and not give to us.
But what many young black women aren’t taught, is HOW to honor their femininity and attract men who want to GIVE to you.
That takes you knowing your worth and ASKING for what you want from men, and EXPECTING them to deliver it to you. You must know your power as a woman and know that you are called to RECEIVE.
The right men will play the game properly and cater to you. The wrong ones won’t.
In addition, if you are a woman who likes money, you either must DECIDE to get a rich man or DECIDE to start your own business.
While I know this information, most young black women simply don’t know HOW to start a business.
It is my desire to inspire not only black women, but women in general to know that you can obtain your own wealth, and you don’t have to use men up or intentionally cause harm to them.
I wrote a book called “You Can’t Force A Man To Value You – Becoming A High Value Woman & Attracting Your Dream Man,” to show women how to attract a good man who wants to give you the world on a silver platter, AFTER you honor your divine feminine.
Today I launched my new website. Be sure to visit and sign up to get emails to inspire you and show you how to build an online business.