THE FRIENDLIER CONFINES: Cubs Home Game Arrests Down Sharply This Year

EDITORS’ NOTE: Details of another incident that were included in this report have been removed at 2:20PM on July 18, 2018. The individual accused in that matter succeeded in having the case expunged from his/her Cook County Criminal Court record. While not required by law to remove truthful reports, CWBChicago editors do extend this courtesy to individuals who go through the legal process to get a fresh start on their record. The rest of the original post appears below.

The Friendly Confines have been much friendlier so far this year.

Arrests at Chicago Cubs home games are down 72% so far compared to 2016..

Cops have made only five Cubs-related arrests through the first nine home games of the season—way down from eighteen arrests during the first nine games last season.

Technically, the first arrest of the season was Reuben “Big Rube” Hunt, a 39-year-old from Humboldt Park.

Hunt | Chicago Police Dept

He was arrested outside of the stadium at 4:16 p.m. on opening day after a 54-year-old Sports Services concessionaire told cops that Hunt hit him repeatedly in the face and body with a cane.

But the attack is alleged to have happened on March 8 in a different part of town, so CWBChicago editors have ruled Hunt’s arrest to be “non-Cubs-related.”

A total of 87 arrests were made in connection with the Cubs’ 81 regular season home games last year.

Another 62 arrests were made during the team’s 2016 post-season play.

CWBChicago editors determine if incidents are “Cubs related” by reviewing police reports for all arrests made within a quarter-mile of Wrigley Field and within 3 hours of any Cubs home game.

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