Friday, June 06, 2014

FIGHT NIGHT: Brawls Across Boystown, Belmont Overnight; "Entertainment Detail" Absent

Funny story. A couple of weeks ago, a local reporter emailed us to ask if we thought we would repeat our 2013 recommendation that people consider Belmont Avenue a "no go zone" after 8PM during Pride Week. We told him that we didn't know. We'd have to see how things developed.

Here's how things developed this morning:

1:47AM - They're fighting in front of Progress Bar at Halsted and Roscoe.

Fantasy Land.
2:07AM - Multiple calls of a large group fighting on the street at Halsted and Roscoe. The police department's much ballyhooed "Entertainment Detail"—which is really about 6 people—has no officers assigned to Halsted Street tonight.

2:09AM - Fight behind the Sherwin Williams store at Halsted and Aldine.

2:57AM - Okay. The fun has moved to Belmont. Fighting on the street at the Belmont Red Line.

2:58AM - You knew this was coming. A robbery victim is hiding in the bathroom of a Subway restaurant near the Belmont Red Line. It is not clear which of the two nearby Subways. The victim was chased into the restaurant by four offenders who are described only as black males, one of whom is shirtless. The victim lost his book bag to the four after they implied that they had a weapon.

3:01AM - Officers at Belmont Red Line call for more cars.

3:02AM - Still need more units at the Belmont Red Line.

3:11AM - Robbery victim "wants nothing done" by police.

Note to self: Get back to that reporter next week.
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