Saturday, July 20, 2013

PEARL JAMMED: Several Take Home Souvenir Bruises, Court Dates

How could I forget
He hit me with a surprise left
My jaw left hurting
Dropped wide open
—Pearl Jam, Jeremy

Talk about kicking people when they're down. Some Wrigleyville residents have been vocal on neighborhood websites today, saying that they were kept awake by last night's rain-delayed Pearl Jam concert that didn't end until 2:05AM.

But none of  them was angry enough to lodge contemporaneous complaints about their supposed inconvenience with Chicago police.

Among the night's injuries and incarcerations in the area:

12:38AM: One person was arrested for aggravated battery of a police officer at the McDonald's across from Wrigley Field under CPD case #HW370448. In a separate, simultaneous incident at the McDonald's, an offender was arrested for beating another victim under case #HW370465.

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1:12AM: A brawl broke out in the street near the giant macaroni noodle at Clark and Addison. One arrest.

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1:20AM: At least six people called 911 to report four men beating up one victim outside of 1000 Liquors at Belmont and Sheffield. Additional calls came in as the fight moved south on Sheffield toward the Walgreens store. Bystanders reported that pepper spray had been used in the melee and fire department personnel were dispatched to treat at least one person. No arrests. No report taken.

A CWB reader has commented that the man who was seen getting beat up had been the one causing trouble, until he messed with the wrong people:
I was present when the 1000 liquors attack happened. A man was walking west on Belmont randomly spraying people with mace. When he reached the corner of Sheffield, he sprayed someone which resulted in that person and their group to then attack the man. At least 4 people had been maced by the victim before it got physical.
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3:23AM: A woman was punched in the face by a male, black wearing a black hat, black t-shirt with white writing on it, and long pants north of Wrigley Field. The victim's boyfriend, who just happened to be an off-duty police officer, chased the offender through Wrigleyville. Squad cars located two possible suspects near the Taco Bell on Addison Street across from the stadium. One of the suspects was arrested after being positively identified by the victim.

UPDATED 2:37PM: Added reader comment to 1:20AM entry.

UPDATED 6:39PM: Rewrote opening to indicate that no noise or curfew complaints had been lodged with Chicago Police during the event.