ON THIN ICE: Blackhawks Party Arrestees Head To Court

L to R: Tillett, Torres, Wesley (Cook Co Sheriff’s Dept)

Chicago police late Tuesday announced that five officers were injured and 25 people were arrested during Monday night’s Blackhawks victory celebrations—very close to CWB’s sunrise estimate of 23 arrests. Four of the 25 arrests were for felonies.

Here is our first batch of arrestee information:

• Skokie resident Brandon Tillett, 27, is charged with battery, resisting police, unlawful use of a knife, reckless conduct, and aggravated assault of a police officer.

Police say Tillett tried to push his way onto Clark Street at 11:45 last night, two hours after the area had been closed to arriving revelers. Prosecutors say that when police asked Tillett leave, he threw up Conservative Vice Lord gang signs with both hands directly in front of officers and said, “F*** CPD. Vice Lord nation. I’m a CPD killer.”

While attempting to arrest Tillett, an officer fell down and Tillet took the opportunity to punch the cop in the mouth, prosectors say.

Officers say they found a four-inch knife in Tillett’s possession during arrest processing.

A bond of $1,000 has been set.

• Matthew Torres is charged with aggravated battery for allegedly choking a police officer who was trying to arrest another man who’d just climbed a light pole at Newport and Clark. (See video on the Chicago Tribune site HERE.)

Bond for 21-year-old Torres, who lives in the 400 block of Diversey, is set at $50,000.

• Charges of criminal damage to a police vehicle have been filed against Jameel Wesley, 20. Prosecutors say Wesley caused the damage by throwing a bottle at a police tactical unit near Southport and Addison.

Wesely, who lives in suburban Hinsdale, has bond set at $10,000.

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