Victim: ‘They were enjoying frightening people’
Mob attacks wound Streeterville’s sense of security
June 13, 2012
All the young doctor wanted to do was walk home from the hospital after work to his wife and child.
That walk, one he’s taken for years, takes him through the quiet and wealthy Streeterville neighborhood.
“It’s only four blocks from the hospital to my home,” the 36-year-old doctor told me. “But now I have to take a cab. Do you believe it? A cab for four blocks? I’m never going to walk it again, not after what happened to me Sunday night.”
He works at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as an attending physician. After work on Sunday, close to 10 p.m., he began his walk home, and along the way became a victim.
He crossed Chicago Avenue, then went north on the pathway through the park, past the people playing tennis on the courts to his right, then out to Dewitt Place.
“I saw the mob of them ... young teenagers, tweeners between 13 and 15 years old, like young kids you’d see at the mall,” the doctor said. “The thing I remember clearly was that they were enjoying frightening people. They went after a food delivery man on a bike. Then they went after me. It was like ‘Lord of the Flies.’
“And then they hit me with something, a hard blunt object on the back of the head, and I went down,” the doctor said.
Taken back to the hospital, he received treatment for facial wounds and received three deep stitches.
“My wife’s upset,” he said. “There was blood, but it could have been worse.”...
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