LAKEFRONT MELEE: Charges Filed Against Six, Gun Recovered

L to R: Amaya, Dominguez, Martinez, Smart (Cook Co. Sheriff’s Dept)

Charges have been filed in a melee that broke out near the baseball fields at 3700 N. Recreation Drive. Police recovered a gun and tracked down a total of six suspects after the incident unfolded on the evening of June 27. According to court records:

• Elliott Smart, 24, of Humboldt Park is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal damage to property. Prosecutors say Smart pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at a woman’s face and said, “I’m gonna shoot you up, bitch” following a verbal altercation with the woman’s friends. Smart then fled, jumped on the hood of another woman’s car and shattered its front window, police said. According to court records, Smart is a member of the Latin Lovers street gang.

• Jesus Amaya, 20, of the Austin neighborhood is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly possessing a loaded handgun.

• The woman who was threatened with a handgun was also beaten up in the incident, police said. Charged with simple battery are Blanca Solorzano, 24, of Cicero; Uriel Dominguez, 21, of Logan Square; and Jovanny Martinez, 21, of Humboldt Park. Court records state that Martinez is a member of the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang.

• Martin Jimenez is charged with battery and marijuana possession.

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