OPENING BLIGHT: 3 Arrests (But Only 2 Fights At Barleycorn) During Cubs Opener

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Sunday evening’s Cubs home opener brought some of the season’s firsts:

• The first crime against a Cubs fan was reported 1 hour, 51 minutes before the first pitch as a woman got pick-pocketed at the Addison Red Line.

• The first ambulance was summoned for a fan 4 minutes before the first pitch. A 20-year-old male fan “split his head open” outside the Addison Red Line.

• The first reported street fight of the season came 41 minutes after the first pitch when the 19th district commander wandered into a brawl involving at least three men outside of the Irish Oak bar, 3511 N. Clark.

Other reports from opening night:

8:23PM – Citizen reports a man selling fake tickets to the game at Addison and Sheffield. The offender, last seen running southbound, is described as male, black, 25-years-old, and missing his two front teeth.

8:27PM — Ambulance on the way for a man bleeding from his head after a fight at Deuces and the Diamond Club on Clark Street.

10:32PM — Woman bleeding from the mouth at Topper’s Pizza, 3404 Sheffield.

11:21PM — Officers witness a fight at Red Ivy bar.

11:55PM — Cubby Bear requests police for three men fighting inside the bar. 2 arrests.

11:57PM — 19th district commander witnesses his second fight of the season. This one’s outside of John Barleycorn. One arrest.

12:35AM — A sergeant wanders into a fight near Clark and Newport. Ambulance summoned.

12:58AM — Group of people fighting in the middle of Clark Street at 3500 North.

1:02AM — Officers witness a fight in front of Old Crow Smokehouse.

1:04AM — Group fighting in front of Barleycorn. Again.

2:04AM — Five men wearing Blackhawks jerseys fighting on the street. 800 block of Cornelia.

As a Chicago police dispatcher repeatedly reminded our officers last night, “we are very short on cars” in the 19th district. And by “cars,” she meant cops. And by “tonight” she meant for the past three years. Thanks for sucking up the manpower, Wrigleyville!

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