Mob beating victim: What if they had weapons?
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org June 6, 2011 6:48PM
After the hurled baseball hit him in the face, a dazed Krzysztof Wilkowski looked up and saw a mob coming at him “like a swarm of insects.”
The northwest suburban man was sitting on his parked scooter Saturday evening in Streeterville when a group of about 20 young people suddenly pounced on him.
The baseball thrown at him by someone in the mob as he checked his cell phone was the only warning, a bruised Wilkowski recalled Monday.
“It was ‘boom,’ like a swarm of insects,” said Wilkowski, 34. “It just happened too quick. I didn’t even have time to be scared.”
In seconds, he was dragged off his scooter and punched repeatedly as his attackers tried to pull the cell phone from his hand, Wilkowski said. He was even hit with his own helmet after it was yanked off his head, he said.
“They were obviously interested in beating me up to get the phone,” said Wilkowski, an insurance agent who stands 5-feet 11-inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.
It was one of several mob attacks that plagued the city’s downtown last weekend.
But Wilkowski, who was downtown to do some shopping and just enjoy the warm weather, said he hadn’t been worried about his safety. It was just after 8 p.m., and his scooter was parked in the 300 block of East Chicago Avenue — ”a very nice part of town,” he noted.
“I was shocked. I’m still shocked,” he said, shaking his head.
Despite being punched and knocked to the ground, Wilkowski held on tightly to the phone — and even threw a few punches of his own at his attackers, whom he estimated ranged in age from about 15 to 20 years old.
“They were hitting me. I was hitting them back,” he said, though he recalled seeing one teen stop long enough to pick up the baseball that opened the attack.
After a minute or two, the group fled — without Wilkowski’s phone, wallet or scooter, even though the key was in the ignition.
“Everything was intact but my face,” said Wilkowski, who had bruises around both eyes and his nose, but didn’t require any hospital treatment.
But he admitted being baffled about being attacked by so many people for so little reason.
“It makes no sense,” he said, describing those in the mob as “hooligans.”
When he dialed 911, police arrived in less than a minute and immediately began searching for his attackers, Wilkowski said.
Despite the bad end to his day, Wilkowski doesn’t plan to avoid Chicago.
“I love the city,” he said.
And he “definitely” considers himself lucky in one respect — none of his attackers was armed with anything deadlier than a baseball.
“How about if they had some weapons?” he said.