According to a press release from MPD, Mattoon Police arrested Christopher W.C. Tomasello, 26 years of age of Mattoon, for the offenses of Patronizing a Prostitute, Aggravated Battery with a Weapon, and Reckless Driving. The arrest occurred on 07/05/2018 at 9:37am at the Mattoon Police Department.
The charges allege that on 07/04/18, Mr. Tomasello solicited and received illicit services from a female, which took place in his motor vehicle in the 800 block of S. 14th Street in Mattoon. Mr. Tomasello then failed to pay for the illicit services rendered, and lured the female into the bed of his truck, at which point he drove away recklessly in an attempt to throw her out of the truck. A physical altercation then ensued shortly thereafter between Mr. Tomasello and the female, at which time Mr. Tomasello struck the female about the body with a metal wrench, causing non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Tomasello was taken to the Coles County Jail.
Also arrested in conjunction with this incident was Samantha D. Schwanke, 21 years of age of Mattoon, who was arrested for Prostitution. The arrest occurred on 07/04/18 at 10:56am, after she came to MPD to self-report the matter.
The charge against Ms. Schwanke alleges that on 07/04/18, Ms. Schwanke engaged in Prostitution. She was issued a Notice to Appear in Coles County Court. A charge of Aggravated Battery against Ms. Schwanke will also be sent to the states attorney’s office for review, and that alleges Ms. Schwanke stabbed Mr. Tomasello with a knife during their physical altercation, which caused non-life threatening injury.