Security Guard Stabbed In Naperville Bar Fight

UPDATED 03/07/11 1:32 p.m.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (STMW) — Bond was set at $250,000 on Monday for a man accused of stabbing a security guard in a west suburban bar early Sunday as he attempted to escort the man out.

Naperville Police said they responded to the bar at 16 W. Jefferson Ave. shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday for a report of a stabbing. The first officers who responded met with bar staff, who had wrestled 31-year-old Adam B. Hearn to the ground and held him until police arrived, according to police.

Hearn and his girlfriend, Kelly L. Cihlar, 25, were found in a restroom of the bar smoking a cigarette and were asked to smoke outside, a release from police said. Hearn became verbally abusive to the security staff, who then asked the couple to leave for the night, police were told. As security staff began to escort the couple out of the bar, a fight ensued between Hearn and a security guard, the release said. Hearn took a knife out from his pocket and stabbed the security guard in the abdomen, the report stated. Several other security guards arrived at the area and Hearn was subdued until police arrived, according to the release.

The security guard was treated on the scene by the Naperville Fire Department and taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where he underwent surgery for his injuries, police said. Information on his condition was not available Sunday night.

During the initial police investigation, Cihlar obstructed and fought with responding police units, police said. Cihlar, of the 2700 block of Mohawk Avenue in Woodridge, was arrested and charged with obstruction of a police officer, resisting arrest, battery, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of cannabis, all misdemeanors.

Hearn, of the 900 block of South Main Street in Lombard, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with great bodily harm, and possession of a weapon by a felon, all Class 3 Felonies, the release said. He was taken to the DuPage County Jail.

Bond for Hearn was set at $250,000 on Monday and an arraignment date was scheduled for April 4, DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Paul Darrah said.

A judge also ordered Hearn have no contact with any gang members and ordered that he cannot possess any weapons, Darrah said.

In November, following customer complaints and police reports related to drinking and disorderly conduct, BlackFinn management said were are making changes to rein in rowdy behavior. Naperville Police Chief David Dial said at the time that a “disproportionate” number of disorderly conduct and DUI arrests had recently been made related to BlackFinn.

According to Dial, whenever a suspect is charged with DUI of alcohol, the officer asks where they had been drinking.

Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel, who also serves as the city’s liquor and tobacco control commissioner, said the commission would discuss the BlackFinn situation at a future meeting. In past situations, according to Pradel, the commission would meet with owners of the restaurant in question before calling for a formal hearing.

“We say, ‘We don’t expect this to continue and if it does we’ll have you in for a formal hearing,’” Pradel said at that time.

Contacted Sunday afternoon, Pradel said he was aware of the stabbing and called for an immediate investigation by Naperville Police. If the situation warrants, he said, he will ask the Liquor Commission to consider the issue at its next meeting in April.

Disorderly conduct issues last year included an incident in which a 26-year-old woman slapped another customer in a disagreement over a bar stool on Oct. 22, as well as an Oct. 29 incident in which another customer struck a BlackFinn security worker in the head after being escorted from the restaurant.

BlackFinn officials at the time said remedies would include “further training” of the staff in customer service, the addition of off-duty police officers to serve as security, the lowering of capacity levels on the weekends and continued cracking down on the use of false IDs by underage patrons.

Three telephone calls to BlackFinn seeking comment were not returned as of Sunday night.

–Naperville Sun, Sun-Times Media Wire

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2011. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Robert

    What the police failed to report is that while the security guard was taken to a hospital and treated, Adam Hearn was taken to jail where he suffers fron a stab wound inflicted by one of the security guarrds. The police reports dont say that the knife used in the stabbing was a 3″ swiss army knife. He was stabbed with broken glass and beat to a pulp. He suffers from an infection and is NOT receiving proper medical attention. I urge patrons who were at the Blackfinn to come forward with information as I susspect the stabbing of the security guard was in self-defense. Adam Hearn may not be an inoccent victim in this case, but a mans life in on the line. Security guards are supose to be trained to remove disruptive patrons from a building quickly and safely. Not taking the time to beat and stab them.

  • Therese Hearn

    The real problem with the BlackFinn establishment is that they are illegally overserving their customers on a regular basis purely for profit and could care less what condition the patrons leave in and in what condition they get home, and as in my son’s case, not go home at all. He may very well have needed to be escorted out, but there is no respectable establishment that would need to beef up their security staff in order to handle these type of incidents. I know overserving is against the law and so does the BlackFinn and the Mayor of Naperville. How many more warnings do they need? Are they going to wait to see if my son dies in the hospital bed at jail or finally do some justice for the town of Naperville and for anyone who has ever been brutally escorted out of the BlackFinn. It’s time for the formal hearing Mr. Mayor and as a mother I ask you to see that my son receive the medical care he needs, the care that the security guard received without question. We used to call the men that watched the door of the bars “bouncers”, not security guards. A real bouncer knows that brutality and stabbing a customer would never be included in their training or “further training” as the BlackFinn termed it. I know my son was responsible for consuming a large amount of alcohol, just ask the manager of the BlackFinn, he was seen downing shots with my son and Kelly. Is that part of the customer service as well? This does merit a great deal of further investigation and much less belief in what the BlackFinn establishment has to say. My hope now, is that my son survives this and doesn’t serve time for the crimes of the BlackFinn and that Naperville can be rid of this problem once and for all. My son’s life may not be the only life saved if this finally happens.

    T. Hearn

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