Jersey Sore: Tourist pepper sprayed bouncers after getting turned away at downtown nightclub, police report says

CHICAGO — A New Jersey resident faces misdemeanor battery charges for allegedly macing two bouncers who would not let him enter a downtown Chicago nightclub.

Robert Kaminski of Princeton, New Jersey, turned 21 earlier this month. And a few days later, on February 17, he headed out to the Hangge Uppe, 14 West Elm, according to a Chicago police report.

But two bouncers turned Kaminski away when he tried to enter around 1 a.m., the report said. According to the doormen, Kaminski responded by blasting them with mace.

The bouncers “performed an emergency takedown” of Kaminski, an officer said in his arrest report, and they held him until the cops arrived.

The doormen received treatment from the fire department and went back to work. An ambulance took Kaminski to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

He was released from police custody later the same day.

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