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Two charged in Montrose beach melee held on $90,000 bond

Chicago Police redirect traffic exiting Lake Shore Drive Montrose Avenue Sunday evening. A police officer who was breaking up fight

Chicago Police redirect traffic exiting Lake Shore Drive at Montrose Avenue on Sunday evening. A police officer who was breaking up a fight was hit by a bottle. The injured officer was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

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Updated: July 15, 2014 2:32PM



Two Aurora men who allegedly threw glass bottles and hit a pair of police officers when a melee broke out on Montrose Avenue beach over the weekend were ordered held in lieu of $90,000 bail Tuesday.

Efrain Saucedo, 23, and Emmanuel Lopez, 19, were both observed throwing the bottles that struck the officers Sunday night in the 4600 block of North Simmonds Drive, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said.

The men were charged with aggravated battery to a police officer.

One officer was treated for his injuries and released from Weiss Memorial Hospital, while the other officer refused treatment, police said.

According to a police report, one officer was hit in the shoulder and the other was hit in the foot.

A third man tied to the incident, 20-year-old Sergio Vidrio, also appeared in bond court Tuesday.

Vidrio was charged with misdemeanor mob action but allegedly had drugs on him when he was arrested and was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Vidrio also threw bottles at police officers but did not hit anyone, prosecutors said.

Judge James Brown ordered Vidrio, also of Aurora, held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Lopez’s attorney said officers had hit his client — who is majoring in criminal justice at an area community college — with their batons.

Saucedo works at Jiffy Lube and is an aspiring firefighter, his attorney said.

Officers were called to the beach to respond to reports of a man with a gun, Antonietti said.

Once they arrived, officers saw that a crowd of 500 had gathered to watch a band that did not have the required permit to perform at the site, Antonietti said.

The crowd allegedly grew unruly and bottles were thrown when the police asked the band to stop playing and asked the party-goers to disperse.

A 19-year-old man from Summit also was charged with misdemeanor mob action and a 17-year-old Chicago teen was charged with misdemeanor mob action and a felony count of criminal damage to property, police said.

Nine people initially had been arrested after the fight.

In a news conference Monday, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said additional officers already were on duty in that area Sunday because the department has seen “an uptick in quality-of-life type offenses” in that area of the city.

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