2 charged in connection with Diversey Harbor theft, brawl

Hector Hernandez (L) and Juan Rojas were arrested at Diversey Harbor, police said. | CPD; Google

Two people have been charged in connection with an incident at Diversey Harbor last weekend in which a boat was burglarized and a large fight broke out when the alleged offenders were confronted by the boat’s owner and his friends.

Police responded to the north end of the harbor after a boat owner reported that people were on his boat and stealing property around 11:55 p.m. last Friday, July 6th. Before police arrived, 911 operators received more calls that reported a large fight had broken out among up to nine people when the boat owner and friends confronted the intruders.

“None of the offenders were known to anyone,” a friend of the boat owner told CWBChicago. The burglary was discovered as a party for “A Dock” boat owners wrapped up, the man said.

“We noticed people that were not party guests, on a boat, rummaging through the contents. The boat owner yelled that people were on his boat,” he remembered. “Some of us chased after them to get them off the dock. As soon as we all got through the security gate and onto the grass, 3 of the males attacked us. It was pretty chaotic until CPD arrived.”

Prosecutors charged two individuals with misdemeanors in the case.

Juan Rojas, 22, of Gage Park is charged with battery causing bodily harm and 22-year-old Hector Hernandez of Chicago Lawn is charged with criminal trespass to vehicle and theft.

Both men are due back in court on July 25th.

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