Charged: Tilton woman who allegedly drove Jeep into home of ex-boyfriend

Charged: Tilton woman who allegedly drove Jeep into home of ex-boyfriend

DANVILLE — A 49-year-old Tilton woman is facing several charges in Vermilion County Circuit Court for allegedly driving a vehicle into the home of her 70-year-old ex-boyfriend and battering and robbing him earlier this week.

State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy said Barbara L. Kohrman was charged on Wednesday with one count each of robbery, a Class 1 felony; aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony; and criminal damage to property and reckless driving, both Class A misdemeanors.

At Kohrman's arraignment hearing, Associate Judge Karen Wall appointed the public defender's office to represent her. Kohrman pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Wall set Korhman's bond at $60,000, meaning she would have to post $6,000 in order to be released. The judge also ordered her not to have any contact with the victim, John Rife, or enter his residence.

In arguing for the bond amount, prosecutors said that on Monday, a Tilton officer responded to the area Fourth and G streets in that village for a report of a fight. As he approached a house at 101 E. Fourth St., the officer saw a bent door key on the ground.

Rife, the resident, came to the door and reported that Kohrman drove a tan Jeep Cherokee onto his yard and into the side of his house. He said she then got out of the Jeep, tackled him, took his keys, then got back into the vehicle and drove off.

Danville police arrested Kohrman at the gas station by Walmart on Wednesday.

Tilton Police Chief Dave Cornett said the incident on Fourth Street occurred at 6:06 p.m.

"We believe it was done intentionally," he said, adding Kohrman and Rife used to live with each other.

Cornett said Rife suffered some "bumps and bruises." He also estimated the damage to the home was less than $500.

"Most of the damage was done to the Jeep," the chief said, adding it's owned by the man Kohrman currently lives with, and he was sitting in the passenger seat when the incident occurred. "She damaged the front end of the passenger side. It was probably a good $1,500 to $2,000" in damages.

Cornett said this was Kohrman's fourth arrest in about two weeks.

On Feb. 26, she was charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, stemming from an arrest in Georgetown. Court records show that Rife posted a $150 bond so she could be released from jail.

Kohrman was also charged with one count of criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor, for allegedly going into a Tilton bar, causing a disturbance and refusing to leave.

Cornett said Tilton police also arrested Korhman and Rife for domestic battery. However, no criminal charges were filed in that incident.

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Joe American wrote on March 08, 2018 at 1:03 pm

OK, I'll ask what everyone else is thinking.


She had a boyfriend?

jparks wrote on March 08, 2018 at 10:03 pm

Did the first sentence of the article say she was 49 years old or 94?  Was that a typo?

GLG wrote on March 09, 2018 at 7:03 am

She looks a "Little Rough"!