Saturday, September 28, 2013

FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS: Fists Fly All Night; Witness Tells 911 "This Is A Very Sketchy Neighborhood Now"

Dozens of callers reported fights and beatings of various sizes on the streets of Wrigleyville and Boystown overnight. The district's lightly-staffed overnight shift was tied up on other matters, so nearly all of the beatings and/or fights that were called in resolved themselves before officers arrived. So, again, there will likely be no police reports and, thus, if you ask the police, none of these things "officially" happened.

This is a great example of why the 19th district's year-over-year battery statistics are "down." Because there aren't any cops to respond and take the reports.

11:36PM (Friday)
15 people fighting on the street in the 800 block of Barry.

Security at the 3232 N. Halsted condo building assisted a victim who had just been beaten up by two Hispanic males. One offender was dressed as a woman. The victim told officers that they did not want to file a report.

An on-duty Halsted Street foot patrol officer reported that he received a call on his phone reporting four to five men fighting at Sheffield and Addison.

A large fight is reported in front of Gerber auto repair at Halsted and Newport. Multiple calls come in for more than 7 minutes. The call is eventually assigned at 1:53AM. One caller stated that seven people beat him and his friend up.

A person is reportedly seen with a gun under his red sweatshirt at Buckingham and Halsted. An officer reports "lots of people in red," so the caller is contacted and gives a further description: Tall male, black on the west side of Halsted wearing a red sweatshirt. The caller said he could not meet with an officer because he had left the area, telling a 911 operator, "this is a very sketchy neighborhood now."

An officer reports a fight in progress at 3530 N. Halsted.

Several calls report a fight in the McDonald's parking lot across from Wrigley Field. A caller said two men were beating up one; another reported a "gang fight" underway.

Fight reported at Roscoe and Halsted.

Fight on the northbound platform of the Belmont Red Line station.

Eight people fighting in the street at Belmont and Sheffield.

Five people fighting in the 3400 block of Elaine Place.

A passenger in a passing taxi cab reports five guys beating up one near Belmont and Halsted. The caller then states that the five guys are running away, toward Belmont, leaving the victim behind.

An off-duty police officer reports seeing a battery in progress outside of The Melrose diner on Broadway at Melrose. By the time police arrived, everyone was gone. The off-duty officer was called back and he said the "offender" drove off in a vehicle westbound on Melrose toward Halsted. The "victim" went into the nearby Walgreens.