ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE: At Least 11 Arrested In Belmont Fights, Attack

Thursday into Friday
16-17 May 2013
9:14 PM to 4:00 AM
Chicago Police Department Case

Police responded to a series 911 calls that reported fighting in the streets around the area of Belmont Avenue, Halsted Street, and Clark Street between 9pm yesterday and the time of this report.

The first call for assistance reported a fight in the street at Halsted and Newport around 9pm. That was followed quickly by a call for help from the Subway restaurant at 901 West Belmont, where people were said to be fighting on the sidewalk.

Around 11pm, a flurry of callers reported between 30 and 50 persons fighting on Belmont between Halsted and Clark. Police determined that this incident was a “parade” of individuals leaving the Night Ministry rendezvous in the parking lot of MB Bank at Halsted and Belmont.

At 1:30 AM, a citizen reported that four to five black men jumped a man in the 3200 block of North Dayton Street, which runs north from Belmont between  Halsted and Clark. The citizen reported that the attackers fled and hid under vehicles on Dayton Street. Case #HW279669

At 1:42 AM, a police tact officer reported that at least seven arrests have been made this hour. An officer assigned to a 19th district squadrol told dispatch that he was “transporting a circus” to the 19th district lock-up.  The circus included at least one female who was subsequently charged with battery.

UPDATE 2:04 AM 17 May 2013: Two battery victims have walked into Illinois Masonic Hospital’s emergency room in the past 15 minutes. An officer is in route to take their reports.

UPDATE 2:14 AM 17 May 2013:  Officers have arrested two more individuals, bringing the total number of people taken into custody to at least 9. The latest arrests were made in the 800 block of West Aldine and under the L tracks on Belmont Avenue.

UPDATE 3:03 AM 17 May 2013:  The total number of arrests in the Belmont incidents now stands at 11, including one female and one juvenile.

UPDATE 3:56 AM 17 May 2013:  Sorry, people.  The police can’t help you any more tonight. A man was robbed outside of Berlin nightclub, 954 W. Belmont, at closing time. The victim sought help from a CTA police officer at the Belmont L station. Unfortunately, the 19th district had absolutely no police officers available, so the victim was told to hoof it on over to the 19th district police station to file his report.  Can we get some more cops around here, please?

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