Friday, August 16, 2013

COFFEE CLASH: Victim Gets Beaned Outside Halsted Caribou

Multiple callers reported an assault, then a battery, in progress at Cornelia and Halsted around 8:25 last night. According to one 911 caller, a "group of 5 gang bangers" was fighting on the corner. Another caller said that someone had thrown a table through a window at Caribou Coffee.

A police unit arrived quickly. So quickly, in fact, that they could see the offenders walking south on Halsted Street. The officer said it was a group of four males, black, two of whom may have been cross-dressers. Witnesses told officers that the offenders talked about walking to the Thursday evening Night Ministry meet-up at MB Bank.

Additional units stopped the group and at least one was taken into custody on a battery complaint filed under CPD case #HW409433

All  of the store's windows are intact this morning.

The victim was given a ride to a residence in the South Side Back-of-the-Yards  neighborhood.

Other Odds, Ends, and Items of Interest
• At 11:30 last night, three men were reportedly fighting over a parking space at Halsted and Brompton. An update moments later said that one of the individuals left the scene and "everyone else is hitting each other."

• At 5:10AM today, officers were working on a "battery/robbery" report with a patient at Illinois Masonic. The intoxicated victim did not know where the beating/robbery happened, although he does know that he was somewhere around the Belmont Red Line.

• At 1:40 this morning, a taxi passenger's phone was snatched through the cab's open back window north of us at Irving Park Road and Wolcott.

• At the DePaul area McDonald's, Fullerton at Lincoln, a man, described as white and drunk, refused to leave the restaurant at 3:30AM, then threatened to vomit on the manager.