Man Charged With Breaking Sprinkler, Flooding SpyBar

CHICAGO (CBS) — A trendy Near North Side nightclub is planning to hold its 15th anniversary celebration Friday night, but that was a question mark for a while after what happened there early Friday morning.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, around 1:30 a.m. Friday, police say a drunken man was leaving SpyBar at 646 N. Franklin St. in the River North neighborhood, when he allegedly took a swipe at the overhead fire sprinkler.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

The suspect had claimed his head hit it, but police say surveillance video shows otherwise.

The sprinkler head popped off, and water started shooting to the floor, flooding the nightclub and damaging electronic and DJ equipment.

The suspect, Samuel Clucas, 27, of Burbank, is charged with felony criminal damage to property. He is set for a bond hearing Saturday.

On Twitter Friday, SpyBar said the damage was not going to stop the celebration.

“ONE sprinkler was intentionally set-off last night, causing minor annoyances. WE WILL ABSOLUTELY OPEN TONIGHT!” the club tweeted.

  • inalienablewrights

    A drunk guy swats at something on the ceiling and the judicial system in this country will try to strip him of an inalienable right. Our injustice system is a joke and it’s no wonder everyone has lost all respect for it – the cops, the judges, the attorneys. The whole kit and caboodle stinks.

    • inalienablewrights

      I am not saying this was a smart move by this young man but the system that is supposed to protect ours rights is going to try and destroy this guys life for a stupid mistake.

      I think this judicial system is a much greater danger to us than Samuel Clucas is.

      What do you think?

  • Scene From Flashdance Remake

    He is a maniac, maniac on the floor, and he is dancing like he never danced before.

  • Tammy

    I hate the spybar. I hope the guys gets off.

  • Vicky

    Drunk + stupid: not a good pair.

    • inalienablewrights

      Who else is in a bar Vicky?

      Can you thank the guberment building inspectors for the stupidity of putting these in a bar and especially not having a quick way to turn the system off? (I know I used to install them.)
      Most stupidity emanates from guberment.

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