Late-night and early-morning visitors to downtown Naperville saw 11 men being arrested last weekend for fighting with each other, with other patrons and with bar and restaurant security workers.
No one appeared to have been seriously injured in any of the six incidents. All of them occurred at businesses on Chicago and Jefferson avenues within a block of Washington Street.
The first disturbance happened about 1:40 a.m. Dec. 21 at Rizzo’s, at 6 W. Jefferson Ave. That was when Leonard A. Stimage was arrested after allegedly “punching another male in the face,” according to written Naperville police reports.
Police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said an officer on patrol of the downtown area saw Stimage and another man leave the bar and witnessed Stimage strike the other man. The officer then arrested Stimage, 29, who lives on the 2100 block of Allegre Circle, in the Country Lakes area of Naperville’s far northwest side.
The next fight broke out about 2:01 a.m. Dec. 21 outside Features Bar & Grill, at 14 W. Chicago Ave. It was allegedly started by Ronald J. Schergen, 28, of Chicago.
“(This was) another case where a fight started outside the establishment, when one subject accidentally bumped into another,” Cammiso said.
“A third subject tried to intervene and break up the shoving match when Schergen grabbed (that man) by the throat,” Cammiso said. Police stopped the fighting and arrested Schergen, he said.
The next fracas occurred about 2:35 a.m. Dec. 21 while police were conducting a traffic stop in the parking lot of a strip mall at the southeast corner of the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Washington Street. Cammiso said police “observed a group of individuals spill out” of Five Guys Burgers & Fries, one of the mall’s businesses.
Cammiso said police “separated the group” and then arrested Jose D. Frias-Valderrama, 35, and Pablo Frias-Valderrama, 23, both of Glendale Heights; and Brian D. Kannry, 23, of the 1100 block of Shamrock Court, south of the Eggerman Woods Forest Preserve near Naperville’s far east side.
Trouble erupted for a fourth time about 10:58 p.m. Dec. 21 at Potter’s Place, at 29 W. Jefferson Ave. Written reports indicated Alenas Ciapas, 42, of Woodridge; and Denis Graciov, 34, of Darien, were arrested “for battery to a bouncer.”
Cammiso said the men were allegedly “being argumentative with bar staff, and were told to leave by security. The two took exception to this and battered the security staff as they were removed.”
The fifth incident happened about 1:21 a.m. Dec. 22 at Rizzo’s, and involved Andrew L. Wilson, 23, of the 100 block of North Ellsworth Street; and Trevor R. Wiseman, 22, of the 800 block of North Ellsworth Street on the city’s north side. Cammiso said the men were arrested and charged with criminal trespass to land, battery and resisting a peace officer.
The sixth and final disturbance occurred five minutes later outside Features Bar & Grill. Police in that case arrested Joseph S. Degnan, 24, of Villa Park; and Anthony M. Orange, also 24, of Plainfield.
Cammiso said patrol officers watched as Orange and Degnan were allegedly “punching each other on the sidewalk” outside the bar. “The fight reportedly started when Orange was making crude comments” to Degnan’s girlfriend, he said.
Cammiso said the high number of arrests for fighting could probably be attributed to “a high volume of people out in the downtown area, most likely due to college kids being home for the holidays.”
“There is no evidence to believe this is part of a trend, but rather, just a high-volume weekend due to the holidays,” he said.