Naperville bar worker guilty of battering cop

Israel Alcantar-Abrego
Israel Alcantar-Abrego

A man from Aurora has been taken into custody by federal immigration officials, after being convicted of hurting a police officer last month following a brawl at a downtown Naperville bar.

Israel Alcantar-Abrego, 24, is in the custody of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, facing possible deportation proceedings.

Alcantar-Abrego was arrested just after midnight July 20, after causing a disturbance at Potter’s Place, at 29 W. Jefferson Ave.

Naperville police Sgt. Bill Davis in July said police who were working in the downtown area at that hour were sent to the rear of the restaurant, to investigate a report of a fight. They found the bar manager and Alcantar-Abrego outside the building.

The manager said Alcantar-Abrego was one of his employees and had arrived at work drunk. Davis said Alcantar-Abrego “was asked to leave the business several times, (but) became quarrelsome and refused” to do so.

“Alcantar-Abrego then punched the manager in the face” several times before being subdued by other employees, Davis said. Police placed him under arrest and put him in the back seat of a squad car, for transport to the police station.

“While en route to the police department, (Alcantar-Abrego) was able to remove his handcuffs,” Davis said. “The officers had to stop and resecure the handcuffs” on him, he said.

He resisted being handcuffed again “and struggled with the officers,” Davis said. “As a result, one officer received a minor scratch on his arm, and a police detention officer received a minor injury to his right knee.” Neither officer required hospitalization or other medical treatment.

Alcantar-Abrego pleaded guilty in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton to a felony charge of aggravated battery of a police officer. A companion count of aggravated battery of a police officer and charges of battery and resisting or obstructing police were dismissed in exchange for that plea, according to court records.

Judge Daniel P. Guerin on Wednesday accepted Alcantar-Abrego’s plea, sentencing him to 64 days in DuPage County Jail. Alcantar-Abrego served 32 days in jail following his arrest, and with day for day credit for good behavior, has already completed serving that term.

Records showed Guerin also placed Alcantar-Abrego on two years of probation and ordered him to undergo counseling and enroll in school.

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