Police Bust Dangerous Party At Nightclub, Arrest Eight

CHICAGO (STMW) – Police shut down a dangerous party at an unlicensed West Side nightclub early Saturday, seizing thousands of dollars in cash and arresting eight people — including a man and woman calling themselves the club’s “president” and “first lady.”

Officers arrived at an office-style building at 3450 W. Lake St., in Garfield Park about 1:45 a.m., following reports of a man with a gun, Harrison District Lt. Steven Sesso said.

Police reportedly heard gunshots upon arrival and spotted a large crowd outside that soon scattered. Some people fled back into the building and others ran away, Sesso said.

He said officers found shell casings outside.

Inside, police said they discovered an illegal party attended by about 240 people, complete with a DJ booth and unlicensed bar selling alcohol, according to Sesso, who noted that a church — not in service — was upstairs on the second floor.

Sesso said the makeshift club — “Cash Money On Deck”— was ran by a group also known as CMOD, which police described as a motorcycle and car club.

Officers dispersed partygoers and allegedly found two men and a woman armed with guns and working illegally as security guards.

Police arrested:

Gregory Peters, 19, of the 100 block of North Lotus Avenue;

Rocco Vaughn, 26, of the 3800 block of West Madison Street, and

Lafaye Chew, 42, of the 100 block of North Lotus Avenue.

Sesso said two of them had Firearm Owner’s Identification cards but lacked armed security certification. All three face felony unlawful weapon use charges.

Police also arrested three club organizers for allegedly violating a cease-and-desist order and for operating without a license. Two of them identified themselves as the club’s “president” and “first lady,” according to police.

Police seized about $4,000 in party profits from CMOD, Sesso said.

A 17-year-old girl and 19-year-old woman allegedly fought with police, resulting in their arrest and misdemeanor battery charges for both.

Police had cleared the scene about 3 a.m.

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  • Afro

    I what way did they use the firearms that was unlawful?

    • Avg Joe

      Where are all them Ashland Ave. Preachers that the ballet dancing in his tutu mayor hired, for millions…???

  • City Noise Bureau

    Luckily, the Secretary of Education slipped out a side door.

  • Edward C. Stengel

    The cops just made up the story about hearing gunshots so they could enter the place of business without a search warrant. They probably arrested these people because they wouldn’t pay them off for running the joint without a liquor license. The cops are always looking for a handout.

  • juju

    where’s the next illegal party. i want to go.

  • Gary

    Afro, you are a racist, low life, stupid S hole, knee grow

  • smiley

    Afro, you are an S hoe, low life, kneeeeee grew into nothing

  • american native indian

    all of you guys are all ignorants.there are no room for any racism comments.
    all type of races has some bad apple.some has good apples.if you guys don’t have to say or write good.stay away from making some racism remarks.

  • stupid white male

    I want the world to how dumb we are in Chicago with racist commenting being popular yeahhhhhhhhh . We are the best at everything .. Hello world we are white and proud yeahhhhhhhh

  • Jack Waters

    Dont these stupid cops have any REAL crime to deal with? Apparently not lol.


  • non

    Great news. Yesterday i recieved an email from Nigeria, imforming me of winning a lottery worth 1.5 million USD

    • xedge

      LOL I think i won the same one twice last year

  • juju

    Ever go to a Euro-pee-on nite club. Man, guess the word bath is just that, a word. They smell like the Amish. Guys are always looking for a fight. Girls are looking to do a porno. These people need to go back to Albania or Latvia or Germany or wherever the Romans left them.

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