Last man sentenced in Naperville Halloween brawl

Jesus Nino, 24, of Aurora | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department

10-30-2013
Jesus Nino, 24, of Aurora | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department 10-30-2013

The last of four men who were arrested last fall during a melee in downtown Naperville has been sentenced in that case.

In this case, one man had to be subdued with a police officer’s Taser, while another punched an officer after mistaking him for a civilian, and his uniform for a Halloween costume.

Aurora resident Jesus Nino, 24, pleaded guilty in the DuPage County Circuit Court’s Wheaton Field Court to a charge of fighting in a public place. Court records showed Associate Judge Anthony V. Coco on Thursday accepted the plea, and then placed Nino on an unspecified period of supervision and ordered him to pay fines and court costs.

Nino was arrested about 1:44 a.m. Oct. 27 near Jefferson Avenue and Washington Street, as were Marcin K. Klepinowski, 35, of Oswego; Swavek Krakowiak, 30, of Aurora; and Andres Lopez, 25, also of Aurora.

A written police report indicated Krakowiak started the trouble when he shoved a woman, whose daughter immediately came to her aid. Krakowiak then pushed the younger woman into the southbound lanes of traffic on Washington Street, where she “landed on her back,” the report stated.

Nino, the younger woman’s boyfriend, came to her assistance, as did his friend, Lopez, according to the report. That set off “a melee (that) erupted in the street,” the report read.

Police officers who were in or near the area at the time tried to stop the fighting. They saw Nino “throwing punches,” with Lopez arrested “after punching a police officer, (after) mistaking his uniform for a costume,” the report indicated.

Klepinowski “elbowed a police officer in the face during the melee, resulting in his getting arrested after being Tased to obtain his compliance,” the report continued. Krakowiak was arrested “after he refused to get out of the road and back away from officers” who were taking Klepinowski into custody, the report stated.

Krakowiak and Klepinowski appeared April 21 in Associate Judge Alexander McGimpsey’s courtroom. Krakowiak pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery causing bodily harm, and Klepinowski did likewise to a misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing a police officer, court records showed.

McGimpsey that day accepted the pleas, sentencing both men to two days in DuPage County Jail and placing them on a year of conditional discharge, a form of probation.

A charge of fighting in a public place that had been filed against Lopez in the brawl was dismissed on Dec. 26, after the “complaining witness” failed to appear in court to testify against him, records indicated.

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