Perhaps it had to do with the Easter holiday weekend. Or the unseasonably warm weather after a truly brutal winter. Or both.
Whatever the reason or reasons, it proved to be a woolier than usual weekend in downtown Naperville, with police arresting seven men following three brawls in a 24-hour period.
The alleged rumbling got underway about 2:35 a.m. Saturday near the municipal parking deck at 75 E. Chicago Ave., just east of Washington Street. Police Sgt. Bill Davis said officers were sent there to quell a fistfight that broke out after a woman was pushed by a man.
Davis said police determined Justin A. Jackson, Zachery W. Koss and Alaa I. Latif “got into an altercation” with two other men, after they “started to harass (Latif’s) girlfriend and pushed her.”
Latif, 22, of Homer Glen, “then pushed back,” and the fighting continued as everyone made their way toward the parking deck, Davis said Tuesday via email. Jackson, Koss and Latif allegedly “started to punch and hit the other two subjects (and) then attempted to flee” as police began arriving on the scene, he said.
One of the other two men was taken by ambulance to Edward Hospital in Naperville for treatment of his injuries, Davis said. The other was treated on the scene, he said. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
Latif was charged with two counts of battery causing bodily harm and two counts of battery, Davis said. Identical charges were filed against Jackson, 22, of Lockport, and Koss, 21, of Mokena, he said.
The second fight erupted about 11:57 p.m. Saturday at Potter’s Place, at 29 W. Jefferson Ave. Police in that incident arrested Matthew J. Corcoran and Matthew F. Herbeck, both 29, of Downers Grove; and Frank R. Sasek, 22, of LaGrange, according to written police reports.
Davis said all three men “were trying to get into the business when they were denied entry, because Corcoran and Sasek were too intoxicated.”
All three men then allegedly “started to argue with the security person at the door, and they started to push their way past,” Davis said. “A fight then ensued.”
Police reports indicated Corcoran and Sasek were charged with criminal trespass to land/refusing to leave and fighting, while Herbeck was charged with fighting.
The third incident occurred just over 30 minutes later at Bar Louie, at 22 E. Chicago Ave., directly across the street from the scene of the initial brawl.
Kyle F. Goro, 26, of the 1200 block of Lakewood Circle in Naperville, “was refused service there for being intoxicated,” Davis said. “He then became upset, and reached over the bar and slapped the bartender in the face with an open hand.” The bartender, a woman, was not seriously hurt.
Davis said Goro “then left the bar and went outside. When he tried to re-enter the establishment, he was stopped by security and denied entry because of his intoxication level.”
Goro then allegedly “argued with security and tried to push his way past them,” Davis said. That led to his being arrested and charged under a municipal ordinance with two counts of battery, Davis said.
All seven men are free on bond and awaiting preliminary hearings in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.