WHACKED: Man Beaten To A Pulp On Halsted

Photographic evidence proves that baseball bats were once used to play baseball in Wrigleyville.

31 May 2013
Chicago Police Department Case #SEE BELOW

Heads were crackin’ up and down Halsted Street this morning. At least one victim seems to be okay with it. Here’s your overnight rundown:

12:42AM: A police tactical unit wandered into a fight on Sheffield Avenue, just north of Belmont. Two fist flingers were cuffed and stuffed. Case HW297824

3:01AM: Police responded to calls of a man being beaten at the intersection of Belmont and Halsted. Officers apprehended a man armed with a baseball bat near Eat A Pita, 3155 N. Halsted.

4:14AM: Multiple 911 calls reported a victim being beaten at Halsted and Aldine by gang of men armed with “sticks, bricks, and a Taser.” A subsequent 911 caller said the man was badly injured and needed an ambulance. When officers arrived, they found the man down, bleeding profusely from the head. His leaky noggin was truly something to behold, as three different officers felt the need to ensure an ambulance was on the way. Meanwhile, a friend of the victim who witnessed the beating called 911 and asked police to come to his nearby apartment on Buckingham Place so he could report what he saw. Little of this is likely to show up in crime statistics, though, because the victim decided that (a) he did not want to press charges and (b) he did not want medical attention. Sounds like that blood loss affected his judgement. UPDATE 7 JUNE 2013: Thankfully, the victim decided to make his experience official by filing a report. Case #HW297889.

And police street stops paid off this morning:

12:50AM: A street stop netted an arrest outside of Spin nightclub at Belmont and Halsted. The arrestee has been booked at least three times previously this year, twice for reckless conduct and once for trespassing on government property, according to Cook County Sheriff’s Department records.

2:25AM: Another street stop, this time outside the Belmont L station, netted an arrest. A woman from Joliet got locked up on a failure to appear warrant.

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