|VIdeo grab shows a group of teens charge Wrigleyville doormen to attack a patron (left). | Provided|
UPDATE: Final charges have been announced. Details posted HERE.
Surveillance videos have emerged showing a group of teenage boys attacking passers-by in the 3500 block of North Clark Street following Wednesday’s Cubs home game in Wrigleyville.
|One member of the mob winds up for a sucker punch. | Provided|
Local merchants report that teen mobs like yesterday’s have been a problem throughout the summer in Wrigleyville. Similar groups have targeted intoxicated men for robberies in the area and are suspected of dealing narcotics, according to a local security worker.
“It’s been a problem all summer,” a Clark Street merchant said this morning. “They’re kids. The cops have told us they aren’t gonna touch them. We can’t touch them. What can we do?”
A boy sucker-punches a woman standing outside a Wrigleyville restaurant and then tries to swarm inside. After being pushed back, the group then climbs through open windows to enter the establishment.
From a second angle, the teens can be seen charging at the woman who is struck in the first video. Door staff later rushes inside to handle the teens who have begun crawling through the restaurant’s windows.
After being rustled out of the restaurant, the group attacks more people on the street—first in front of a limousine, then closer to the camera.
Ten juveniles are facing charges in connection with Wednesday’s two-hour spree, according to police. A police spokesman said early Thursday that preliminary charges awaiting approval include mob action, retail theft, and assault for the juveniles who are all between 13- and 16-years-old.