Friday Fun Tip: If You’re Gonna Blast Pepper Spray In A Crowded Rap Concert Venue, Have An Escape Plan

An Irving Park woman who intentionally unleashed pepper spray in a crowded concert hall at House of Blues last Thursday night wound up getting much more than she bargained for, police said.

The  sold-out crowd, packed in to see rapper Lil Skies, turned on 23-year-old Jocelyn Martinez and beat her silly, according to a CPD report.

Around 8 p.m., Martinez “knowingly and intentionally discharged pepper spray” into “a large crowd of concert attendees,” prosecutors said in their charging papers. Police wrote that Martinez “endangered the safety of the patrons of House of Blues” by discharging a can of “maximum strength pepper spray.” But the danger reversed course after the gas was sprayed.

Police say a number of “unknown patrons” beat Martinez on the club floor. Cops say she suffered two black eyes and a bloody nose—and that seems to line-up with what we’re seeing in her post-clean-up mugshot. Ouch.

Martinez was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Then, she was charged with reckless conduct and resisting police before being freed on a recognizance bond.

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