Chicago Jail Accidentally Releases Inmate Who Beat Up His Girlfriend…Inmate Goes Home & Beats His Girlfriend Again


A Chicago man arrested in July for beating his girlfriend attacked her again this week after he was mistakenly released from Cook County Jail, authorities said.

Steven Derkits, 30, of the 4400 block of South Talman Avenue was taken back into custody Tuesday after police realized their mistake when Derkits failed to show up for a court date.

Cook County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ben Breit said police arrested him less than three hours later.

Derkits was previously arrested on July 9 for alleged domestic battery and aggravated battery to a peace officer among other charges. All the charges were dropped, Breit said, except for battery to the police officer.

Breit said the mistake likely was human error, pointing to a jail employee looking over Derkits’ paperwork and mistakenly thinking all the charges were dropped.

Derkits is now accused of attacking the woman who filed charges against him in July. He was being held at Sheriff’s Police headquarters in Maywood Wednesday before being transferred back to the jail.

Breit said the department is looking into taking disciplinary actions against those involved in the mistaken release.


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