Awakened by screams for help, a neighborhood man rushed to his back porch overlooking the alley of Sheffield between Roscoe and School around 2:30AM on Saturday.
|The alley and parking lot of Redmond’s Ale House, where Saturday’s
attack unfolded. (Google)
There, he saw an “extremely violent and brutal” 2-on-1 attack unfolding.
The victim—described as a “kid” by the witness—was screaming “What do you want? What do you want???” as “two black men stood over him taking turns punching him in the face one after another.”
“I screamed, ‘get off him, get off him’ [but] they didn’t react to me at all. [Then] I screamed ‘cops, cops, cops’ and both of them looked up at me.”
Then, fully aware that they were being watched, one of the attackers pulled out a Taser and zapped the victim in his chest as he lay in the alley, bleeding from his face.
“They both got off him. One sprinted to a late ‘90s Fort Taurus which was parked in the Redmond’s parking lot. He parked facing out for quick get away. The second guy calmly walked out of the alley and turned west on Roscoe into the neighborhood in no rush at all.”
Incredibly, the victim, described as a white “kid” about 5’8” tall and 160 pounds, was not robbed.
“Nothing was taken,” the neighbor told us. “He still had his wallet and phone. He said they surprised him—jumped out and grabbed him. It didn’t appear they were trying to take anything as they had ample time to do so.”
The victim was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center with facial injuries.
According to the witness, the attackers were in their late 20’s. Both stood 6-feet to 6-feet-2-inches and weighed 225 pounds. “They were very large men wearing black t-shirts and jeans.
Police responded quickly and in good numbers, the man told us. “Probably within 2 minutes, four cop cars showed up and an ambulance. I was very impressed.”
No arrests have been made.
Early the next morning, other witnesses reported seeing three black men chasing after another white man a few blocks away at Sheffield and Fletcher. Those neighbors told police that the victim kept falling down as the men chased him and tried to take his wallet and phone.
The men and the victim were last seen running southbound on Sheffield around 1:05AM Sunday. Police never made contact with the victim or the alleged offenders. No report was immediately filed.