Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sloppy Target Practice, "No Brain Power" Leads To Arrests In Lincoln Park, Cops Say

Two men who failed to set up a backstop for their pellet gun practice on the third floor of a Lincoln Park duplex are facing reckless conduct charges, police said.

Berkovich (left) and Rosenthal. | Chicago Police Dept
Nir Berkovich and Guy Rosenthal, both 26, were arrested Tuesday evening at Rosenthal’s two-story unit in the 2200 block of North Lincoln.

The episode began around 6 p.m. when a man who lives across the alley from Rosenthal called the police to report bullets coming through his glass skylight in the 600 block of West Webster.

As responding officers stood inside the man’s home, they also reported incoming projectiles, although they determined the material to be from a pellet gun.

Additional officers climbed to the rooftops on nearby Lincoln Avenue and eventually tracked the source of the gunfire to Rosenthal’s third-floor roof deck, according to police.

Both men were arrested, charged, and released on recognizance bonds, according to police records.

After their arrests, an officer on-scene explained the situation to his dispatcher: “They were shooting at targets tied to a chair and they were not using any brain power to do this.”

One police officer who suffered an ankle injury on the rooftops was treated and released from Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said.

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