What kind of weapon usually figures in a bar fight? A gun? A pocketknife? A broken beer bottle? An ice pick, perhaps?
In what might be a first in the annals of crime in Naperville, a 26-year-old man faces trial for allegedly threatening to stab or slash employees of a downtown bar with a folding corkscrew.
Aurora resident Miguel A. Diaz-Roman is free on bond and awaiting trial on misdemeanor charges of aggravated assault, battery and resisting a peace officer, according to written Naperville police reports.
Sgt. Bill Davis confirmed the incident occurred about 1:09 a.m. April 17 at Bar Louie, 22 E. Chicago Ave. Police were called there concerning “an intoxicated subject causing a disturbance,” Davis wrote Friday in an email.
Employees of the bar told police Diaz-Roman “was denied service because he was intoxicated, and was escorted out of the business by security,” Davis said. “Once outside, he began to pound on the back door to get back in.”
When approached by other bar workers, Diaz-Roman allegedly “took a defensive stance and pulled out a folding corkscrew from his pocket,” Davis said. “He then started to step toward the employees with the corkscrew in his hands.”
Diaz-Roman allegedly “turned and walked away when told that the police were called,” Davis said. A written report stated he was found near Chicago Avenue and Ellsworth Street, a short distance east of the bar and near the campus of North Central College.
Davis said police at that point placed Diaz-Roman under arrest. “A folding corkscrew was found in one of his pockets” during a search, he said.
Diaz-Roman allegedly “struggled with the officers while being searched,” Davis said. No one was injured during that scuffle, he said.
An examination of court documents indicated Diaz-Roman has no criminal record in DuPage, Kane and Will counties. His arraignment date in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton is pending.