Lincoln Park man attacked 3 people with baseball bat, Chicago police say

Julius Wilkerson (inset) and a picture of first responders at the scene. | Chicago Police Department; Provided

CHICAGO — A 20-year-old Lincoln Park man has been charged with attacking three people with a baseball bat near Oz Park on Wednesday evening, Chicago police said in a media statement Friday night.

Julius Wilkerson is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing Saturday afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

Officers responded to calls of a man attacking people with an orange baseball bat at Oz Park, 2021 North Burling, around 5:25 p.m. They found a girl and a boy, both 17, who said a man they didn’t know hit them with a bat.

Prosecutors said Wilkerson stole the bat from the park and used it to hit the girl in the head, neck, and shoulder. He clubbed her in the head again after she fell down while trying to run away from him, according to the allegations.

They said the boy was hit in the back, shoulder, arm, and hand.

Wilkerson ran away but stopped briefly to hit a 70-year-old man in the back of the head with the bat, prosecutors continued. Cops caught him nearby. They said he had a knife with a 12-inch blade in his possession.

“It was during Little League,” a witness told us. “Super f***ed up!”

Passersby tended to at least one of the victims until paramedics arrived. The police spokesperson said all three victims were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with cuts and bruises.

Wilkerson is charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of aggravated battery of a victim older than 60.

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