Woman charged after 16-year-old hit in face with hammer at Gold Coast McDonald’s

CHICAGO -- A woman has been charged after a teenage girl was hit in the face with a hammer during a verbal altercation at a McDonald's restaurant, police said.

Police charged 36-year-old Hannah Walker after the incident that happened just after 9 p.m. Monday at the McDonald's at 10 E. Chicago Avenue in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood.

The day started as a shopping trip for 16-year-old Jasmine Ware and three of her girlfriends. Ware and her friends had just left the Water Tower Place and were heading to the McDonald’s for a bite to eat before they returned to their homes in Bronzesville. When they entered, they noticed a disturbance near the register.

"The lady was already arguing loud with somebody else. The other lady wasn’t saying anything back to her," Ware said.

At that point, Ware said the cashier called Ware over to place her order, angering Walker who had been arguing with other patrons.

“Stuff started escalating. She started getting loud, and, bumping us," Ware said. "Next thing I know, I see her go in her purse and pull out a  hammer."

Ware was hit in the head above her right eye. In an interview, Ware said that during the dispute she slipped on something and fell towards the woman. She believes the woman might have thought Ware was lunging at her, because that's when the woman pulled out the hammer and struck her.

Police arrived at the scene and quickly arrested Hannah Walker who was charged with battery.

Ware was treated at the scene for her injuries. She received three stitches and is expected to be OK.

She said she hopes Walker gets the help she needs.