After the victim and two witnesses called for help, several additional calls came in to report three "kids" fighting in the street at Halsted and Waveland.
The offenders were gone by the time police arrived.
We are pleased to report that the victim in this case, unlike those in some other cases, insisted on filing a police report. The simple battery is logged in Chicago Police Department case #HW500731.
UPDATE October 20, 11:30PM
At 8:05PM, an hour after the first 911 calls came in, there was another development. Someone inside the Center on Halsted called 911 to report that the attackers had returned and were inside the Center.
Unfortunately, no officers were available to handle the call and it went unassigned for over 15 minutes. Eventually, someone walked into the 19th district station desk to report that the offenders had just walked into the west alley of Reta Avenue from Addison, directly across from the police station's driveway. That location, perhaps coincidentally, is the site of another local social service center, "The Crib" youth shelter.
The nearest available patrol cars at that point were more than two miles away. The offenders were not found.
According to witnesses, the offenders' descriptions are:
1-male, black, 20-25 years old, 5'11" tall, 230 pounds, short black hair.
2-male, black, 20-25 years old, 5'8" tall, 200 pounds, short black hair, wearing a black hoodie and dark blue jeans
3-male, black, 20-25 years old, 6'5" tall, 200 pounds, dark complected, short black hair, wearing a black hoodie with a stripe across the chest and dark jeans.
4-female, white, 20-25 years old, 5'6" tall, 260 pounds, long red hair in a pony tail, wearing a gray crew neck sweatshirt and gray jogging pants.
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