Cook County prosecutors said today that nearly 500 people had gathered Sunday afternoon for an unauthorized concert at Montrose Beach that turned into a melee after police officers attempted to shut it down.
Judge James Brown ordered two west suburban men charged with throwing bottles at police officers held on $90,000 bail each. A third man charged with drug possession and a misdemeanor mob action was ordered held on $25,000 bail.
Drawn by chatter on social media, the crowd gathered at Montrose Beach on Sunday for the Tamborazo Beach Party concert, but Chicago Park District officials said the festival didn't have permits to perform in the park.
Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antoinetti said the melee started at about 7:45 p.m. when officers responded to the 4600 N. Simonds Drive on a call of a man with a gun.
Discovering the unauthorized concert, police told the band to stop playing, leading people in the crowd to throw bottles and other objects at officers, Antoinetti said.
Four police officers were slightly injured, a squad car was damaged and 10 people were charged with mostly misdemeanors in what residents said was the most recent in a number of violent incidents at the popular beach.
Efrain Saucedo, 23, who appeared in court wearing cargo shorts and a white tank top, allegedly threw a glass bottle that hit a police officer in the shoulder area. He was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer.
The North Aurora man worked at Jiffy Lube and was trying to become a firefighter, his attorney said.
Emmanuel Lopez, 19, of Aurora was also charged with aggravated battery to a police officer after throwing a bottle that struck an officer, Antoinetti said.
He also admitted throwing the bottle, she said.
His attorney said Lopez works at Menards as a delivery driver and was beaten by police with batons.
Prosecutors said Sergio Vidrio, 20, threw a bottle at a police officer that missed. He was then searched and found to have .1 grams of a controlled substance, prosecutors said.
In addition, a 17-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with felony criminal damage to property and misdemeanor mob action. Police said six other men were charged with misdemeanors related to the incident.