UPDATE JUNE 4: The two allegations of sexual assault along Clark Street are unrelated. Police do not believe that there is a "rapist on the loose."
Is it above 70°? Then you should take a moment to truly experience our beloved "entertainment district" by taking a stroll through the Wrigleyville bar strip around closing time. For extra credit, saunter along the 900 block of Belmont.
Here's what you missed by not doing that this morning:
12:47AM - A fender bender turns ugly at Belmont and Sheffield when the occupants of one vehicle get out and clobber a cab driver in the face. Battery report filed in case HX284735.
12:57AM - Officers working on the previous incident report that a fight has broken out at a nearby bar. An employee has been punched in the face. Arrest made, report HX284737 filed.
1:17AM - Multiple calls of a large groups fighting in the street along Belmont between Halsted and Sheffield. Calls reporting fights at various locations along that stretch of Belmont continue for more than an hour. Large groups of people clogging the sidewalks outside of businesses that are closed for the night break into a series of fights for nearly 30 minutes. "Fights are breaking out but as soon as we show up, everyone scatters," one officer correctly reports.
1:47AM - At Roscoe and Broadway, a guy says his friend just "took a bite out of me."
2:12AM - Man reports being beaten up at Halsted and Roscoe. He does not approach officers when they arrive. No report filed.
2:16AM - Officers witness a fight in progress at Halsted and Roscoe.
2:27AM - 20 people are fighting in the street outside of the condo building at 3232 Halsted.
2:48AM - Back in Wrigleyville, a fight has erupted outside of Rebel Bar. Battery report HX284833
And so it went.