After couple is attacked while walking, Streeterville buildings hire security until police ‘control the situation’

CHICAGO — After teenagers attacked a couple in the heart of Streeterville on Friday night, the latest in a series of incidents involving groups of young people roaming the streets, two condo buildings in the neighborhood are hiring private security “until the police are able to control the situation.”

At about 9:17 p.m. Friday, a couple was walking home when a group of young people surrounded them at the corner of Grand Avenue and McClurg Court. The group punched the man and then began attacking the 32-year-old woman while claiming to “own the street,” according to Fox 32, which was the first to report about the crime. The group punched, kicked, and pepper-sprayed both victims.

Chicago police officers came upon the scene as the attack was unfolding. They arrested a 14-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl nearby. Both were charged with misdemeanor battery and released.

Fox showed photos of the man’s bruises and reported that the teens ripped hair from the 32-year-old woman’s head. The outlet initially reported that the teens kicked the woman in the stomach, “causing her to lose the 2-week-old fetus she was carrying,” but the story now states that “she found out after the attack that she had lost the baby.” The reasoning behind the rephrasing is unclear.

Streeterville residents have complained about increasing incidents involving groups of teenagers gathering in the neighborhood, especially on weekends.

Now, at least one high-rise condo association is hiring private security. Residents of two buildings near Grand and Columbus were told this week that their boards have authorized hiring security officers to work their front doors from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, according to an email provided to CWBChicago.

The boards cited last Friday’s attack as the reason for their decision. According to the email, security officers will remain on duty on weekend evenings “until the police are able to control the situation.”

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