Two charged in downtown Naperville bar fights

Naperville residents Andrew D. Hummel and Patrick M. Griffin might not know one another, but they have something in common.

Both were arrested within about an hour of each other early Thursday morning, following separate incidents in the city’s downtown bar district. Hummel allegedly punched a bar bouncer in the stomach, while Griffin reputedly tried twice to head-butt a Naperville police officer, according to written police reports.

Hummel, 23, lives on the 600 block of Oakhurst Drive, in the Springbrook Estates neighborhood on the city’s west side. He was arrested about 12:10 a.m. Thursday at Bar Louie, 22 E. Chicago Ave.

A police report stated Hummel was intoxicated and asked to leave by bar employees. “When he created a scene inside and refused to leave, two bouncers escorted him out,” the report read in part.

Hummel at that point became “verbally abusive” to the security workers “and attempted to re-enter the bar. He was denied entry and, “while being escorted to the end of the property, (he) punched a bouncer in the stomach,” the report continued.

Both workers then “tackled Hummel to the ground, detaining him. The police observed the battery while standing only meters away.”

Griffin, 41, lives on the 700 block of Burning Tree Lane, in the Cress Creek area of the city’s north side. He was involved in a fracas about 1:19 a.m. at Peanuts Bar & Grill, at 22 W. Chicago Ave., just down the street from Bar Louie, according to another police report.

After being asked to leave the bar “due to his behavior” and then walking away, Griffin returned a short time later, that report stated. Police soon after arrested him for trespassing.

“Once under arrest, he resisted the responding officers’ efforts to place him into the back of the squad car,” the report continued.

And “upon arrival at the Naperville Police Department jail, (Griffin) continued to be aggressive, by attempting to head-butt an officer on two, separate occasions,” the report declared.

Griffin has an extensive arrest record that includes cases of battery and assault in Naperville. Hummel has no significant record in DuPage County.

Hummel faces trial in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton on charges of battery and criminal trespass to land, according to the reports. Griffin, in addition to the trespassing complaint, faces trial there on two counts of aggravated assault and one of resisting a peace officer.

Both men are free on bond.

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