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Man who was Tased among four arrested in Thanksgiving bar fight

A man who had to be subdued with a Taser and three other people have the dubious distinctions of being involved in the one and only bar-related fight in downtown Naperville over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

All four revelers are free on bond and have arraignment dates pending in DuPage County Circuit Court, following the early Thanksgiving morning disturbance outside Rizzo’s, at 6 W. Jefferson Ave.

It was an otherwise typical holiday weekend for police, who made numerous arrests for drunken driving and other traffic infractions throughout the city and responded to myriad calls for assistance, according to police records.

“Outside of the Rizzo’s fight, we had one subject get arrested for battery” and two other alleged crimes outside Frankie’s Blue Room, police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said. Things were “quiet other than that” in the downtown area, with a total of four arrests made or tickets issued in alleged cases of drunken driving, domestic violence, marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, Cammiso wrote in an e-mail.

The trouble at Rizzo’s began about 12:42 a.m. Thursday, when Burr Ridge resident Kevin J. Knox allegedly “became combative with employees when he was ejected from the bar,” a written police narrative declared.

Police were called to the area after Knox, 21, “battered an employee and refused to leave,” the narrative continued. Knox allegedly “fought with (police) and refused to cooperate, leading to him being Tased” by one of the officers, the narrative stated.

As police were trying to take Knox into custody, Sara M. Pruitt allegedly “interfered by grabbing the hand of the officer with the Taser, and trying to pull him away from Knox,” according to the narrative. Pruitt, 21, of Countryside, “then struggled with two additional officers as they removed her from the area,” the narrative read.

A third Rizzo’s patron, Derek K. Ahlborn, 30, of Burr Ridge, was arrested after he allegedly “tried to push (his) way” past officers to intervene in Knox’s arrest, the narrative declared. Another man, Adrian L. Mendez, 35, of Aurora, “was arrested after disobeying officers who had the area around the bar shut down” during the disturbance, the narrative continued.

The relationships, if any, between Knox. Pruitt, Ahlborn and Mendez were not known.

An examination of court documents showed none of the four have significant records in DuPage, Kane and Will counties, although Ahlborn was ticketed in September 2003 by Illinois Conservation Police for illegal possession of a migrant game bird in Will County, and in July 2008 for public urination in Naperville. Court records indicated he was placed on supervision and paid fines to settle both of those matters.

Knox was charged with misdemeanor battery, criminal trespass to land and resisting or obstructing a police officer. Pruitt faces trial on two misdemeanor counts of battery and one of resisting or obstructing a police officer.

Mendez was charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer and attempting to do so, while Ahlborn received a municipal ticket for interfering with a city officer or employee.

In another incident that happened about 15 minutes before the trouble at Rizzo’s, Aaron P. Nolan, 22, of Downers Grove, was arrested “after urinating in the doorway” of Frankie’s Blue Room, at 16 W. Chicago Ave. Police reports indicated he was charged with resisting a peace officer, battery and disorderly conduct/breach of peace.

Written records revealed police between Wednesday and early Sunday made 11 drunken driving arrests throughout the city. They are also continuing to investigate an attempted armed robbery Saturday night on Douglas Avenue, the Black Wednesday morning burglary of a restaurant on West Ogden Avenue and a number of other crimes, according to records.

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