A man who allegedly resisted arrest was subdued with a police Taser, after he and two others became involved in a fistfight over the weekend in downtown Naperville, police said Thursday.
Nathan T. Stapleton was taken by ambulance to Edward Hospital in Naperville, after a police officer deployed a Taser in order to take him into custody. He underwent treatment there for what authorities said was a minor injury before being released into police custody.
Stapleton, 21, of Winfield, was arrested about 1:59 a.m. Sunday near Jefferson Avenue and Washington Street, where he allegedly brawled with Nicholas M. LeBeau, 22, of Downers Grove, and Timothy J. O’Riley, 24, of Woodridge.
Naperville police had been sent to investigate a report of several people fighting in the middle of Washington Street, police Sgt. Bill Davis said Thursday via email.
“Officers had to intervene … (and) during the struggle, Stapleton would not obey a lawful order to disengage from fighting,” Davis said. “A police Taser had to be deployed, to place him under arrest.”
LeBeau, O’Riley and Stapleton all sustained cuts and bruising to their faces during the fight. Davis said no police officers or passersby were hurt during the melee.
Stapleton later told police “he was walking on the east side of the street, and the other guys were on the west side of the street, when they started calling him names and making derogatory comments,” Davis said. Stapleton claimed “LeBeau and O’Riley then ran up to him and started fighting with him.”
O’Riley and LeBeau, conversely, contended “Stapleton was saying derogatory things to them and swearing, and charged after them,” Davis said.
All three men “had been drinking, and appeared to be intoxicated” when they were arrested, Davis said. He added the incident is being investigated further by the police liquor liaison officer.
Records on file in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet showed O’Riley was arrested on Oct. 17, 2009 by Bolingbrook police and charged with drunken driving. A judge in April 2010 convicted him of that charge and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service work and spend two years on probation as his penalty.
O’Riley was brought back into court in February 2011, and found to be in contempt of court in the DUI matter, according to records. He was then sentenced to four days in jail.
Court documents showed neither LeBeau nor Stapleton has a criminal record in DuPage, Kane or Will counties. All three men’s preliminary court appearances in connection with the alleged fight are pending.