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Woman charged with killing Brother Rice teacher has long trail of arrests

AlishM. Walker | Cook County Sheriff's Office

Alisha M. Walker | Cook County Sheriff's Office

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Updated: March 15, 2014 6:04AM



The Ohio prostitute accused of stabbing to death a Brother Rice High School teacher over the price of illicit services once beat a woman with a gallon-sized glass vodka bottle over money, records show.

Alisha Walker took the bottle to the woman’s head and punched her in the face in December 2012, leaving the woman’s head swollen and cut, according to Country Club Hills Police reports.

And days later, when they again crossed paths at the same south suburban home, the woman told police she so feared a second beating she barricaded herself in a room.

Walker was charged at the time with misdemeanor domestic battery and bail violation charges that were later dropped. But they’re among a handful of Cook County arrests that trail the woman from the Rust Belt city of Akron and show that she’s no stranger to the Chicago area.

Walker is being held without bail at Cook County Jail, charged with the Jan. 18 stabbing death of Brother Rice teacher Alan Filan.

Filan’s body was found Jan. 21 in his Orland Park kitchen near a bloody trail of high-heel footprints, authorities said. Walker later told police she acted in self-defense after Filan grabbed a knife as they fought over money.

Prosecutors said Walker stabbed Filan 13 times, and they said she went to his home after he answered an ad on Backpage.com.

Orland Park Police said Walker told them she had been to Filan’s house before. And Walker’s ads on Backpage have led to a handful of her previous arrests here, records show.

Walker was arrested for prostitution twice in a 20-day span at a Burbank motel in February 2012. The second arrest involved an undercover officer who helped with her first arrest, according to the reports which cited an ongoing investigation into Internet prostitution on Backpage.

In May 2012, she told Franklin Park Police that a “customer” took her cellphone, records show. Police said they charged her with prostitution after they realized she had been advertising on Backpage.

Then she was busted again at a Skokie hotel in June 2012 by undercover officers who answered Backpage.com ad in which she went by the name “Cloie.”

The team that arrested Walker in that case was made up of officers from the Skokie, Wilmette and Evanston police departments and the FBI, records show.

The Franklin Park charges were dropped, but Walker pleaded guilty in the other prostitution cases, records show.

After her December 2012 domestic battery arrest in Country Club Hills, records show Walker wasn’t arrested in Cook County again until last September. That’s when Midlothian Police found her in the passenger seat of a Chrysler. She allegedly admitted smoking pot, and police said suspected Ecstasy pills were found in her purse.



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