Teen Says Suspicious Package At Millennium Park Was ‘Misunderstanding’

CHICAGO (CBS) — An 18-year-old Lincoln Park resident accused of causing an evacuation at Millennium Park Saturday evening told WBBM Newsradio 780 that he was taking part in a “costume play” and that it was all a misunderstanding.

Emmett DeFrisco, 18, has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

DeFrisco, of the 1600 block of North Vine Street, had a simple explanation for what happened Saturday evening when part of Millennium Park, including the Park Grill, was evacuated after police said a suspicious-looking device — a device with batteries and wires coming out of it — was found near the Cloud Gate sculpture, also known as “The Bean.”

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The device was found there around 5:30 p.m. and authorities evacuated the area around The Bean, as well as the Park Grill below. The package turned out to be two bricks wrapped in duct tape.

“It was just me being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” DeFrisco said.

DeFrisco told WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller that he was taking part in what’s called cosplay – costume play – specifically, Soycon, billed as the largest cosplay gathering in the Midwest.

“Me and my friends were coming back from an activity where we dress up and act as our favorite characters, and I was dressed up as a Doctor Who character. It’s a BBC show,” he said.

DeFrisco said that, on Friday, he had made what he calls “this little doohickey” for part of his costume that he says “had a lot of wires and stuff.”

DeFrisco calls it all a “misunderstanding.”

bean Teen Says Suspicious Package At Millennium Park Was Misunderstanding

Authorities cleared walkways around Millennium Park on Saturday evening after receiving a report of a suspicious package near "The Bean" sculpture. (WBBM)

Traffic was tied up for a long while around Millennium Park Saturday night.

It’s not clear what the cost to the city will be, because of what turned out to be a sizable police esponse.

Also, since people had to leave the Park Grill before they could pay their bills – there was a loss there. The executive chef reportedly said the evacuation could cost the restaurant $20,000.

  • jg

    Where are all the usual racially tinged “Who’s going to pay for this…” , “Another kid with too much time on his hands”, “Where are his parents…” etc. commentaries on this article…oh yeah, the kid is white.


    • StupidPeopleFTW

      Doesnt look white to me…

    • Stang

      I understand what your point is with the utmost clarity.

    • gonz

      >”Who’s going to pay for this…”

      Actually, we just call him The Doctor.

    • Mr. Justice

      @ jg………You are an idiot!

      • Pothead

        I’ll bet jg is a jg. And the kid in the story is a complete moron.

  • Lol

    @1st comment:

    Tell that to the 100,000 people who ‘dress up’. It’s called COSPLAY.
    Google it you twit.

  • Wj

    Let’s all continue to be terrified of our own shadows. That’s exactly what “they” want. Who’s “they”, you ask? “They” are whoever stands to profit.

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  • The master

    I blame the Cybermen you have to watch them. They’re shifty

  • Common Sense

    Once again my fellow countrymen making way to much over some kid who was just having creative fun. We gotta frikkin lighten up, the restaurant can suck it up and everyone else needs to get over themselves. Leave him the hell alone.

    • Actual Common Sense

      Yes because something that appears to be a bomb should be dismissed as a child’s play thing, clearly you, someone with the name common sense, are in the center of a very ironic statement. In this political climate and in a post 9/11 world, something that looks like a bomb, in the middle of one of America’s biggest cities, deserves a serious response. It wasted the time of men and women who protect YOUR sorry ass when they could be responding to real threats.

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      Your name, and your comment, they do not go together…

    • Dutch Uncle

      Sorry, but people *do* have to consider the bystanders. If you want to leave LARP-style “bombs” around in-game, you have to do it in an area you control (like groups that go out to campsites or park grounds), or within a hotel / convention center / whatever during an event. Freedom does not include yelling “fire” in a crowded theater just for fun, and it does not include leaving a bomb (or something realistically looking like a bomb) in a public place. It’s almost deliberately provocative, and could give a bad image (worse image?) to gaming in general and cosplay in particular. (BTW, I’ve never understood why cosplay isn’t larping.)

  • Stang

    Are you SERIOUS??!!!! Tyell Morton is facing a class C felony that could net him up to 8 years in prison for putting an inflatable doll in a school restroom as his senior prank and this kid plays dress-up with a “bomb” resembling item and gets away with a smile and a disorderly conduct. Wooooooooooooooooow.

  • jesse jr.

    can you suck up $20,000? all the wait staff and bus people
    also make their living their.

  • Katie

    The title of the show is “Doctor Who.” It’s never abbreviated Dr.
    Fact checking — how does it work?

  • dk

    Soycon’s Closed, Forever.

  • dk

    Also, in correction, Soycon is NOT the biggest Cosplay gathering in the Midwest. where is this reporter getting his information? Just love media. Not all cosplay gatherings have little immature 18 year-olds running around with boxes that look like bombs.

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      Right, 90% are, and the other 10% are fat people wearing clothes they haven’t fit into in at least 12 years.

  • Donut

    Kids these days, don’t you have better things to do than to scare people??? I say shut this Soycon for good

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  • tymmas

    First of all, if this was just a prob, what was it doing all by itself? And when someone identified it, why didn’t he go up and claim it and explain the situation? Nope, doesn’t seem like that happened at all.

    Did he put it by the Bean purposely? Did he leave it there? Was this part of the role play?

    This “misunderstanding” cost the restaurant $20k. Police, bomb squads, etc., etc. cost the city probably close to $100k.

    Let’s take the role play one step further – and have this loser write a check to the city for what he caused.

    This jerk should pay SOMETHING for the trouble he caused. Misdemeanor disturbing the peace? That’s it?

    • ChicagoCitizen

      This guy didn’t do anything wrong at all. Overreaction by the police is their own problem. He shouldn’t have to pay a dime.

      • Stang

        The police have a duty to the public. Seeing that it was wrapped in duct tape and laying around was cause for alarm. If it was the kids prop, why was he not in possession of it. I researched this and due to the amount of pecuniary damages to the restaurant, he could have been charged with a felony, he got lucky. He’s much luckier than Tyell Morton of Indiana who is facing a felony for leaving an inflatable doll in a restroom as his senior prank. Ty did 5 days in jail, this kid went home with a “misunderstanding” …. w/e

      • StupidPeopleFTW

        What he did is not much different than yelling FIRE in a theater. Overreactions to stupidity can, and will, get you charged. Being an idiot should be punishable by death anyway…

      • Stang

        Then NONE of us would be here because I challenge anyone to say they’ve NEVER done anything stupid. Maybe not Millennium Park stupid but stupid.

  • Dalek

    This is how the terrorists have won. Every time we see something weird we freak out.Or if some one forgets a backpack or briefcase we have to close of the area and only find out its just someones lunch.Terrorists want to disrupt our daily lives and having us live in fear about going out side and jumping at every thing is one way. If it was a real device it would have blown long before anything could have been done about it.

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      Yes, reporting a fake bomb is clearly freaking out over nothing… herp a derp

  • Chris Bennett

    The terrorists really have won. America is scared of its own shadow. We are now the land of the cowardly and craven, placing “safety” over all else.

    If only terrorists would be so kind as to leave bombs out in clear sight with batteries and wires visible, instead of putting the bomb in, say, a box or backpack that no one would notice. The police response is both sad and typical.

    If we were actually the land of the free and home of the brave, we would accept that there is risk to freedom and some people may die as a result, but it is better than giving up that freedom to try and protect everyone from every single little threat.

    So let’s stop pretending. We’re a nation of cowards now.

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  • j.c patrick

    Free Tyell Morton!

  • bbQGrill

    I love to know about Barbecue!! Its my passion….

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