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Naperville brawl involves Taser, officer mistaken for Halloween reveler

A brawl over the weekend in downtown Naperville ended with the arrests of four men, including one who had to be subdued with a police Taser and another who allegedly punched a police officer after mistaking the officer for a civilian, and his police uniform for a Halloween costume.

Swavek Krakowiak, 29; Andres Lopez, 25; and Jesus Nino, 24, all of Aurora; and Marcin K. Klepinowski, 34, of Oswego, are free on bond and awaiting trial on a variety of charges stemming from the incident.

A written Naperville police report indicated the men were involved in a melee about 1:44 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Washington Street, in the city’s downtown bar and restaurant district.

Krakowiak allegedly instigated the trouble by shoving a woman whose daughter then came to her aid, the report read in part. Krakowiak then allegedly shoved the younger woman into the southbound lanes of Washington Street, where she “landed on her back,” according to the report.

Nino, identified by police as being the younger woman’s boyfriend, came to her assistance, as did his friend, Lopez, the report declared. That triggered “a melee (that) erupted in the street,” the report stated.

An undisclosed number of police officers who were in or near the area at the time tried to stop the fighting.

Nino was observed “throwing punches,” the report indicated. Lopez, meanwhile, “was arrested after punching a police officer, (after) mistaking his uniform for a costume,” the report continued.

Klepinowski allegedly “elbowed a police officer in the face during the melee, resulting in his getting arrested after being Tased to obtain his compliance,” the report declared.

Krakowiak was then arrested “after he refused to get out of the road and back away from officers” who were taking Klepinowski into custody, according to the report.

Krakowiak was charged wit battery causing bodily harm, battery, resisting a peace officer, disorderly conduct and being a pedestrian under the influence, the report stated.

Klepinowski was charged with battery and resisting a peace officer, the report indicated. Both Lopez and Nino were charged with fighting, according to the report.

An examination of court records revealed none of the men have criminal records in DuPage County. Their arraignment dates were pending.

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