Stranger Danger: Boystown Party Invite Turns Ugly For Lakeview Man

Fahey (inset) is charged with battery. | Pillar photo by Damian Entwistle on Flickr

A stranger’s invitation to a Boystown house party went sideways early Wednesday, leaving a Lakeview man shaken and battered, police said.

A 26-year-old Lakeview man told police that he encountered 43-year-old Nathaniel Fahey in the 3500 block of North Halsted around 1:10 a.m.

He accepted Fahey’s invite to go to a nearby house party, but a disagreement erupted as the two walked eastbound on Cornelia, the victim said. Fahey suddenly grabbed the victim by the neck and threw him face first onto the ground, according to charges, and Fahey then reached down the victim’s pants while saying, “You’re going to take it.”

The victim fought back and ran away to call the police.

Responding officers found Fahey nearby and the victim identified him as the assailant, police said.

Fahey—who provided a Springfield, IL, address—has been charged with simple battery.

Records show that Fahey has an extensive criminal history, including a 1996 conviction for robbery. He was also scooped up in one of the last major prostitution sting operations in Lakeview.

In late March 2004, Fahey and 25 other men were arrested in the one-night sting that targeted the intersection of Belmont and Sheffield as well as Clark and Halsted Streets.

Fahey was given a one-year prison term for felony prostitution due to his previous offenses, records show.

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