Niles, Park Ridge teens charged with mob attack
By JENNIFER JOHNSON | firstname.lastname@example.org March 6, 2013 6:10PM
Updated: May 13, 2013 2:11AM
Three teenage boys were arrested after they were allegedly involved in an attack on an 18-year-old Niles man who had asked them to leave his property.
Two Niles boys, ages 16 and 17, and a 17-year-old Park Ridge boy were each charged with mob action and criminal trespass in the March 2 incident that occurred just before 10 p.m. on the 7700 block of Oleander Avenue, south of Jonquil Terrace Park.
An 18-year-old Niles man told police he was snowboarding with his friends in the backyard of his Oleander Avenue home when a group of teens in Jonquil Terrace Park started throwing eggs at them. A short time later, the victim reported hearing screams at the front of the house. When he went to investigate, he saw about 10 juveniles from the park walking up the driveway, Niles police said.
According to police, one of the suspects, identified as the 16-year-old Niles boy, was holding a long metal pipe which he used to strike the victim in the face after the victim told the group to leave the driveway.
After being struck, the victim reported that his jacket hood was pulled over his head and he was pushed to the ground and punched by multiple individuals until his friends arrived to break up the attack.
Police said some of the suspects ran off, while others got into a vehicle and drove away. Officers located three of the teens at the corner of Howard Street and Olcott Avenue and they were positively identified by the victim as being involved in the attack, police said. A metal pipe was also reportedly recovered from the backyard of the victim’s home.
In addition to the mob action and trespass charge, the 16-year-old Niles boy was also charged with battery, police said.
All three teens were charged as juveniles. Their court petitions were pending.