The big news in Chicago over the weekend was the several incidents of mob attacks that occurred in the city on Saturday and Sunday:
A 27-year-old woman said she was returning home with her mother Saturday night on the Red Line after a dim sum dinner when a group of girls got on the train at the Monroe station and appeared to want to pick a fight.
“This girl started blowing smoke in my face, and she flicked her cigarette ashes at me,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “I said: ‘You need to put that out,’ and the next thing I know there’s all these girls that jumped on top of us.”
They began punching her face and then went for her hair. She believes their attackers had knives or box cutters and padlocks possibly placed inside socks.
“I put my head down between my legs so they would stop beating me in the face, but they were trying to pull my face up and hit me more,” she said. “They ripped out chunks of my hair, and I’ve got a black eye and bruises on my face, and all over my back and shoulder.”
The 11 teenagers arrested in that incident at the CTA’s State/Lake station in the Loop about 6:35 p.m. were among a total of 28 people arrested downtown Saturday night for disturbances that ranged from bumping into passers-by on sidewalks to the attack on the CTA train, authorities said.
The attacks that took place on Saturday were said to have involved as many as 500 people:
Seventeen arrests were made after officers arrived near Chicago and Michigan about 6 p.m. Saturday to find “a number of kids fighting amongst themselves,” Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.
Marquell Hicks, 18, of the 3200 block of West Diversey, and Bobby K. Rhodes, 19, of the 1100 block of North Cambridge, were each charged with one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct, police said. So were 15 additional juveniles.
Meanwhile, police said Stephanie M. Hosch, 18, of the 1300 block of North Central, and 10 juveniles attacked a group of women aboard a CTA Red Line train about 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hosch and the juveniles were each charged with battery. Two juveniles also were charged with strong-arm robbery, police said.
In related news Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been promoting Chicago as a tourist destination. I’m sure that these attacks, on top of the widely-publicized homicide rate, will do wonders for Chicago tourism. Maybe a thrill-seekers’ package: visit Chicago, then tour Egypt.
I’m surprised that the conspiracy angle of this story isn’t getting more attention. It’s being said that the young people involved in these attacks organized their group efforts through Facebook. If so, there are records that can be subpoenaed and, if it can be determined that they were planning criminal action, it doesn’t make much difference who was throwing the punches. Even Facebook could get involved. Think that what you don’t know can’t hurt you? Consider the case of Alfred Anaya. I wonder how far that line of thinking can be pushed?