More Trouble For Man Who Set Boystown House On Fire

A 21-year-old man who pleaded guilty to setting a Boystown house on fire last spring is back in court, facing theft and battery charges, court records show.

Handzel | Chicago Police Dept

Prosecutors say Ryan Handzel punched a 24-year-old man in the face two times during an argument in the 800 block of West Waveland on October 16. When the victim dropped his cell phone after being punched, Handzel picked it up and handed it to another offender, police said.

Police say Handzel told them, “I hit [the victim] in the head twice  I didn’t intend to steal [the] phone.”

The other offender has not been identified or charged, according to records.

Handzel received a sentence of one year’s court supervision in exchange for pleading guilty to setting a home on fire in the 600 block of West Aldine on April 24.

Handzel lists The Crib youth shelter at 835 West Addison as his home.

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