CHICAGO (STMW) – A Lyric Opera patron was arrested over the weekend after allegedly shoving an usher twice when he was not allowed back into a performance of “Carmen” after leaving to get opera glasses.
On Saturday night, Sergey Dembski, 38, of Mundelein first asked a 31-year-old female usher where he could go to to get opera glasses, even when she warned him he wouldn’t be allowed back in until intermission, police said.
He instead went down to the main lobby and tried twice to get back in. He told the same usher he paid $200 for the ticket and wanted in, police said.
Dembski then shoved the usher twice, police said. Police responded to 20 N. Wacker Dr. about 7:45 p.m. and arrested him.
A police report indicated that once at the station, Dembski was “intoxicated and became obnoxious and hostile.” He was put into a “rubber room to prevent him from hurting himself.”
Dembski was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery, police said.
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