Outdoor potty break ends with broken arm and felony charges for man in Lincoln Park

A man wound up with a broken arm and a felony charge after he allegedly pulled a gun on a service station employee who asked him to stop urinating on the side of the Lincoln Park business early Saturday.

Prosecutors said Julio Rodriguez, 34, reached for a gun in his waistband when the worker asked him to stop peeing on the BP station at 1607 West Fullerton around 12:15 a.m. The employee broke Rodriguez’s left arm, which prompted Rodriguez and his companions to leave the scene in a Mercedes. 

Officers pulled the car over a short time later and found a loaded handgun wrapped in a bloody rag under a floor mat where Rodriguez was sitting, prosecutors said in bond court. Rodriguez “was bleeding profusely after being struck by the employee,” an assistant state’s attorney alleged.

Rodriguez did not appear at his Saturday afternoon bail hearing because he was undergoing surgery to repair his arm at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to court testimony.

Prosecutors charged Rodriguez with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and felony aggravated assault. Judge Charles Beach set bail at $10,000 and ordered Rodriguez to go on to electronic monitoring if he can post the mandatory $1,000 deposit bond. 

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