Five charged for Montrose Beach brawl that left cops injured
By Dane Placko, FOX 32 News Investigative Reporter - bio
Efrain Saucedo / Photo from Chicago Police Department
Emmanuel Lopez / Photo from Chicago Police Department
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -
Five people, including four suburban men and a 17-year-old Chicago boy, are facing charges after two police officers were hurt during a fight Sunday night at Montrose Beach on the North Side.
"You weren't safe anywhere. You couldn't get out. Your car was covered in glass. It was like really dangerous," said a woman who shot video of the chaotic scene.
Like hundreds of others, the woman received a Facebook post about a concert at Montrose Beach Sunday featuring more than a dozen Mexican bands.
However, as the evening wore on, the drinking and fighting got worse.
About 7:40 p.m. Sunday, police were flagged down in the 4400 block of North Simmonds Drive for a report of a large brawl, authorities said. Additional officers were eventually called to assist.
While police tried to break up the fight, Efrain Saucedo, 23; and Emmanuel Lopez, 19, both of Aurora, were seen throwing bottles that struck two officers, police said.
One officers was treated for his injuries and released from Weiss Memorial Hospital, while the other refused treatment, police said at the time.
"They just got very overwhelmed. You could tell. Some people took advantage of that. Started throwing even more things at them. They knew they had control. They overpowered the cops," the woman said. "[They were throwing] glass bottles. Modelo, Corona. They were throwing food at them. Anything they could find."
Lopez and Saucedo are each charged with one felony count of aggravated battery to a police officer, police said. They will appear in bond court Tuesday.
The Chicago teen was charged with a felony count of criminal damage to property, and a misdemeanor count of mob action, police said. His name was not released because he is charged as a juvenile.
A 22-year-old Aurora man, and a 19-year-old man from southwest suburban Summit were charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault to a police officer and mob action, police said. Their names were not yet released.
The crowd also smashed out the windows on both sides of a Chicago police squad car. Superintendent Garry McCarthy, though, downplayed the skirmish. He said that there was an adequate number of officers.
"Montrose and the rest of the parks around the city are receiving significant attention and will continue to do so," McCarthy said.
The concert also took place without a permit, which is required.
46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman said the park district needs to do a better job of monitoring these types of situations.
"When did we first see signs of this and what can we do in the future to address it early on," asked Cappleman.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.