Shermain Miles

Shermain Miles has been arrested at least 396 times since 1978, including 92 times for theft and an alleged attack on a City Council member.

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CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman has been arrested at least 396 times since 1978, including 92 times for theft and an alleged attack on a City Council member.

Over the years, Shermain Miles, 51, was arrested 65 times for  disorderly conduct and 59 times for crimes related to prostitution, among other things, according to the Chicago SunTimes. She has used at least 83 different aliases and is well known among merchants and residents in several neighborhoods on Chicago’s North Side. One florist called police about her 25 times last summer.

Miles, who is homeless, is imprisoned at the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln. She was arrested last year after allegedly chasing down Chicago Alderman James Cappleman, which is a possible parole violation after a 2010 conviction for robbing a 75-year-old at knifepoint. She’s due before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board on Tuesday. If it’s determined that she violated her parole, she will be behind bars until April 2014.

She is in the top 1 percent for all current Chicago Police Department arrestees.

Miles declined a jailhouse interview with the newspaper after initially agreeing to one.

In a handwritten letter to the newspaper before the scheduled interview, she described her faith and said she was looking forward to telling her story.

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