Shermain Miles Arrested For 397th Time One Month After Release

| by Khier Casino

Shermain Miles, the 52-year-old Chicago woman who had been arrested 396 times since 1978, was arrested again this week.

Miles was arrested on Thursday for the 397th time at an Edgewater street for different alleged offenses, including misdemeanor battery, theft, disorderly conduct and public drinking, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

When Miles appeared at the Belmont and Western courthouse, a judge ordered her held in lieu $10,000 bail Friday.

“It’s sad,” said Ald. James Cappleman (46th), a Miles victim in August 2012.

When she was released on Nov. 18 from the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Miles made her way to the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago and checked in to a second-chance residential home for ex-inmates.

"I’m really not that bad a person," Miles told NBC Chicago after her release in November, adding that the alcohol she was drinking had turned her “into a monster."

Miles had promised that she was permanently done with drugs and alcohol, but the Edgewater business community was not looking forward to her return.

Miles was identified as the woman who allegedly stole a set of keys from a 63-year-old man in Edgewater, police said. They also insist that Miles was discovered nearby, drinking and “engaging in a physical altercation with a male companion.” 

Sources: Chicago Sun-Times, NBC Chicago