A pair and their 12-yr-previous son have been in line close to the “Raging Bull” journey through the amusement park’s annual Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” when a gaggle of youngsters reduce in entrance of them, authorities informed the Chicago Solar Occasions.
The boy’s 50-yr-previous mom reportedly requested the teenagers to tone down their language.
That is when the primary punch was thrown, Gurnee police say.
One of many youngsters allegedly “sucker-punched” the 12-yr-previous. When his mother and father tried to assist, no less than 9 youngsters surrounded them – kicking, punching and stomping till the mother and father and their baby fell to the bottom, Gurnee Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith advised the Chicago Solar Occasions.
The Washington Submit couldn’t instantly attain Smith for remark.
Police described arriving at a chaotic scene.
“It is a Whack-a-Mole [attraction] now,” one officer yelled as police tried to include the battle.
“For everyone rolling as much as them, they’re fairly mouthy,” one other stated, as they adopted the teenagers to the parking zone.
Quite a few witnesses reportedly referred to as 9-1-1. Ultimately, Six Flags safety stopped the assault and the household was taken to the hospital with “vital” accidents, although none life-threatening, Smith stated.
Smith stated the annual attraction often attracts “an elevated variety of knuckleheads who come to stir issues up,” however nothing just like the assault on Saturday.
“That is uncommon. That is on a special spectrum,” Smith advised the Chicago Solar Occasions. “This household is fortunate they obtained out with simply the accidents that they did.”
Smith informed the Chicago Tribune that police made a “tactical choice” to permit the group to go away the park, somewhat than confronting them inside it, which police believed would result in extra accidents.
However safety was trailing the group, and a number of other police have been stationed on the street outdoors the park, the place they arrested the suspects with out incident, in response to the Tribune.
Gregory Battle, 18, was charged with aggravated battery inflicting nice bodily hurt, mob motion and aggravated battery in a public place, in line with police. He was launched after posting bond earlier this week, based on the Chicago Tribune. His subsequent courtroom date is Oct. 25.
Eight different juvenile suspects, ages 15-17, have been named in juvenile petitions for mob motion and brought to the close by Depke Juvenile Complicated Middle in Vernon Hills, the Tribune reported. Smith stated it’s attainable that extra suspects acquired away.
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