4 women charged with battering off-duty officer, taking his gun in Boystown

The off-duty cop was allegedly jumped near Charlie’s nightclub on the 3700 block of North Broadway. | Google

Four women have been charged after an off-duty law enforcement officer was allegedly jumped and had his gun stolen in Boystown early Friday.

Officials said four women punched the 58-year-old man in his face and body in the 3700 block of North Broadway around 2:50 a.m. The victim’s silver revolver fell to the ground, and one of the women picked it up and fled, according to prosecutors.

Chicago police arrested four women a short time later in the 3600 block of North Wilton. A CPD spokesperson said the victim’s gun was found under a nearby car in the 800 block of West Waveland.

Sophia Ewing, 21, Brianna Tsidel, 30, Pressha Fountain, 32, and Lavivian Harris, 30, are charged with misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor battery, according to Chicago police. Harris is also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

A spokesperson for CPD declined to say which agency employs the off-duty officer. Officials said he suffered a swollen lip during the incident.

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