Two Milwaukee women are accused of drugging 10 men they met while out drinking at Chicago bars — and robbing them of $85,000 in cash and other valuables while they were unconscious. Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday that Tiana Trammel, 25, and Tjwana Rainey, 32, ran the scheme targeting drunken men from bars and clubs in Chicago’s River North section from late January through their arrest on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The women, both of whom are mothers of young children, allegedly coaxed the men with invitations to another location where they gave them a drink from a small glass vial, prosecutors said. The victims would then blackout, later awakening either in their own homes or on the side of a road without their wallets and valuables — but otherwise unhurt.
In total, Trammel and Rainey stole about $85,000 in cash, phones and jewelry, prosecutors said. The women also used stolen credit and debit cards at ATMs at Walmart and Target stores around Milwaukee, Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Kiefer told a judge.
They were arrested Sunday in Chicago after carrying a man from a downtown club to Trammel’s car, prosecutors said, adding that a tracker had been previously placed on her vehicle. Surveillance video and license plate readers also captured Trammel’s movements, which “aligns with what happened to those victims,” Kiefer told a judge.
Trammel, who is pregnant, and Rainey, who works as a phlebotomist, have been charged with continuing a financial criminal enterprise and possession of a controlled substance. A judge set bail for Trammel at $55,000 and $45,000 for Rainey, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Prosecutors said data gathered by the tracker would match the information given by other victims, including where they remember being and where they woke up.
Officers also say small glass bottles were found in the car, and have now been taken away so the contents can be analyzed.
Attorneys for the women told Beach neither have significant criminal histories and both are mothers of young children.
Judge Charles Beach II branded the scheme an ‘act of violence’ as he set bail at $55,000 for Trammell and $45,000 for Rainey.
The plot resembles the 2019 Jennifer Lopez movie Hustlers, in which a group of strippers steals money from wealthy Wall Street financiers after drugging them.
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