Victim Of Mob Attack Wants Suspects ‘Put Away’

UPDATED 06/08/11 5:54 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — He was punched and kicked in his face and stomach.

A suburban teenager is one of the latest victims of an attack in downtown Chicago. He’s suffering from a punctured lung after the brutal attack at the hands of a mob of young men.

He says his friend, who was also attacked, now has a leg brace and is on crutches.

“I don’t want nobody else to go through what we had to go through,” the victim told CBS 2’s Suzanne LeMignot.

The victim wanted to be identified only as Sam. He was the victim in a brutal attack at the corner of Pearson and Michigan Avenue on the Magnificent Mile last night.

“I want them to be arrested, put away, just so it doesn’t happen to nobody else,” he said.

Sam and his friend had just left Oak Street beach. While walking through the underpass leading to Michigan Avenue, Sam noticed he and his friend were being followed by a group of 10 young men.

Once they got to Pearson, one of the men started walking right next to his friend. His friend then asked the man if he could buy a cigarette from him. He took out his wallet and offered the man money.

“My friend’s wallet got stolen,” Sam said.

Sam says he and his friend chased after the man to Chicago and Wabash. The next thing he knew, Sam says he was hit from behind and fell to the ground. He was kicked and punched in the face and ribs multiple times by the mob of men.

“They had it planned because when I was chasing the kid, they had kids like waiting,’ he said

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says last night’s incident was not part of the pattern of attack mobs downtown.

“These three men chased 10 men, to get their wallet back and eventually caught up to the 10 men and lost the fight,” McCarthy said.

“We have a plan. We are arresting people and we’re going to make this trend stop.”

Police took three of the young men into custody. They were identified in a lineup.
The charges they face would include strong-arm robbery, felony mob action and battery. Two of the men in custody are 18. The third is 16.

The person who stole the wallet, got away with $350 in cash.

  • Bwalsh/Chicago

    Regardless if they are related to the recent mob attacks, they were still attackers and should be punished and not let off easy. The 16 year old should be charged as an adult and all 3 should spend their term in Cook Co Jail. Time to get tough with these losers.

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  • Leroy Goldberg

    ‘Put Away’???? Put to death would be the answer…..and the solution. If only….ah well, one can dream. Someday.

    • Mr. Justice

      I like your thinking.

  • Tyreese

    This one is a no-brainer. These gangsters should do at least 15 years. If they run with a gang in prison or commit violent offences, NO PAROL. It’s time to get tough on these terrorists. We need to get them in prison and keep them there !!

  • Knee Grow

    Thank the Democrat party for their continuous catering to the black community, no matter how bad they behave. Democrats enable thugs by turning a blind eye to their behavior, and then disallowing honest hard-working citizens to own and carry firearms. Stop voting for Democrats. You get what you vote for.

  • Don't tread on me

    I wonder how much this would be on the news if it was a bunch of WHITE kids beating and robbing black people.I think we need to pass CCW so law abiding citizens could protect themselves and their families from these idiots.Three times in my life I had a couple of Mexicans once thought they try to take my gym shoes and two different times black men .They changed their minds when I told them they would die trying I’m not a small WHITE guy with no balls I grew up in Chicago ON THE SOUTHSIDE and been in fights my whole life defending myself against A$$holes and never once lost I have taken guns,knives,bats away and had beaten 5 guys once trying to harm me and my wife they all left in ambulances and cop cars with injury’s.Eventually these guy’s are gonna get the short end of the stick or baseball bat.

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