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Police: Disgruntled Lyric Opera patron shoved usher

A Lyric Opera of Chicago patron was arrested Saturday night after allegedly shoving an usher twice when he was not allowed back into a performance of “Carmen.”

Sergey Dembski, 38, of Mundelein first asked an usher where he could 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, allegedly telling the same usher he paid $200 for the ticket and wanted in.

Dembski then allegedly shoved the usher twice. Police responded and arrested him.

Once at the police station, Dembski was “intoxicated and became obnoxious and hostile,” according to a police report. He was put in a “rubber room to prevent him from hurting himself.”

Dembski was charged with misdemeanor battery, police said

Tina Sfondeles



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