Two arrested near Sixth, John streets


Courtesy of Wenzhuo Lyu

Three University Police officers struggle to arrest a man at the corner of Sixth and John on Thursday.

By Lilli Bresnahan and Lika Lezhava

On Thursday at 12:09 p.m., police officers were called to the C-7 Parking garage located in the 500 block of East John Street, where a witness saw a group of men emitting fire extinguishers and throwing them off the top of the garage, according to a police report from the University of Illinois Police Department. 

“The first officer to arrive found that those men had moved down from the parking garage, and two men were now standing over a third man who had been knocked to the sidewalk at Sixth and John streets,” the police report said. 

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According to the report, security camera footage revealed that “one man held the victim in a chokehold while both of the offenders struck him several times.”

The victim knew both of the offenders and was with them before the assault. He was taken to a hospital for an evaluation due to his level of intoxication. 

Both offenders were combative with the police officers who were attempting to investigate, according to the report. One offender, a 29-year-old male threatened to kill the police officers and others in the area. 

“Due to his physical resistance and repeated threats to harm others in the area, a University Police officer deployed a Taser to detain him,” the report said. 

The offender was assessed by medical staff and did not need further medical attention, the report said.

The second offender, a 29-year-old male fought with police officers until after a long “physical struggle on the ground” officers placed handcuffs on him. 

“(The second offender) continued to physically resist and spit on medical staff and police during the arrest and evaluation,” the report said.

The second offender was evaluated by medical staff because of a laceration but did not need further medical assistance. 

“All three people previously had been issued no-trespassing notices for (University) property due to prior legal activity in the campus area,” the report said.

Both offenders were arrested, and several officers had minor lacerations but were not seriously injured, the report said. 


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