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Lyric Opera stagehands intervene in real-life drama: a tourist under attack
Chicago Sun Times ^ | June 8, 2014 | TINA SFONDELES

Posted on 06/09/2014 6:16:29 AM PDT by csvset

Lyric Opera of Chicago stagehands found themselves in the middle of some real-life drama just outside their doors last month when they came to the aid of a tourist being pummeled in broad daylight.

Police say Mark Ball, 50, allegedly began beating a 27-year-old Boston man — for no apparent reason — near 20 W. Wacker about 2:30 p.m. on May 28.

For Robert Hartge, a laid-back day — the last of the season at the Lyric — was suddenly turned upside down in an instant. Standing inside the opera’s glass doors on Wacker Drive with other stagehands, Hartge noticed a man, dressed like a delivery driver, attacking a man half his size.

“We just saw a man walk by and the assailant for no apparent reason just grabbed him and socked him,” Hartge, 43, of Hanover Park said, noting that was their cue: “We came running out fast and about four of us tried to break it up. He was actually going at him, [the victim’s] cellphone had fallen down and his Starbucks went off flying.”

Hartge was able to grab the victim and bring him into the Lyric building while using a work walkie-talkie to signal for help. But he went back out to follow Ball so he wouldn’t get away.

“He just walked away like nothing had happened,” Hartge said of Ball, who was dressed in brown pants, a brown shirt and a brown hat and had a traveling bag with him.

Hartge followed him for about a block and was able to flag transit police officers, who were able to hold him until Chicago Police arrived.

The victim was bloody and battered by the time he got to the hospital, with a broken nose, multiple cuts and bruising to his face and body, police said.

The man told police he was walking on the sidewalk when Ball began following him. He tried to change direction at Washington and Canal to steer him away but Ball became combative and hit him in the face. The man fell to the ground but Ball continued to hit him by kicking him in the face and body as he laid on the ground curled up in a defensive position, yelling for help, according to the police report.

Ball is charged with felony aggravated battery in a public space. A Cook County judge ordered he be held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Ball has a lengthy criminal history, including a felony aggravated battery to a government employee charge in 2001, a 2011 felony charge for allegedly threatening a public official and several other battery charges.

Reached by phone, the victim said he was in Chicago for a vacation, and said he was recovering at home in Boston.

Hartge said he was disheartened that others didn’t stop for help.

“When we looked up, there were people everywhere. They just seemed like they were acting like nothing was happening. Their blinders were on. We were shocked that nobody even walked up to us and asked what was going on,” Hartge said.

Hartge said he’s glad he raced to action.

“I’m just tired of hearing about these people. Of all the crime and people getting away like that,” Hartge said. “We weren’t about to let people do that.”

Email: tsfondeles@suntimes.com

Twitter: @TinaSfon


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: blackcrime; chicago; knockout; lyricopera; markball; morethugsinchicago; random; roberthartge; thugs

Mark Ball, 50, was charged in connection with the beating of a tourist near the Lyric Opera in late May. Stagehands intervened and helped the injured victim. | Mugshot provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Office

No mention of the victim's race. Knockout game? Robbery apparently wasn't the motivation.

I'm glad that Mr. Hartge took the time to get involved.

1 posted on 06/09/2014 6:16:29 AM PDT by csvset
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To: csvset

Nice job, stagehands.


2 posted on 06/09/2014 6:20:02 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: csvset

// “He just walked away like nothing had happened,” Hartge said of Ball, who was dressed in brown pants, a brown shirt and a brown hat and had a traveling bag with him. //

What can brown do for you?

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3 posted on 06/09/2014 6:21:04 AM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
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To: csvset

Another weak excuse to put a black man in jail /liberal


4 posted on 06/09/2014 6:21:08 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: csvset

I knew even without the picture. Whenever there’s a “random attack” for “no apparent reason,” it’s race-related. And when race is carefully not mentioned, the perp is black.


5 posted on 06/09/2014 6:24:57 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: csvset

Good job Lyric guys!

yeah perp probably didn’t like white men drinking starbucks

I walked into an urban court house and spoke to one of the security guards who glared at me resentfully and refused to banter like the others..........treated me like I am his oppressor

‘scuse me but I believe my tax dollars go into the pot that his checks come from, how is that an oppressor


6 posted on 06/09/2014 6:29:45 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: A_perfect_lady

If you want to vacation, stay away from the big cities — and sure as he11 don’t live there.


7 posted on 06/09/2014 6:31:03 AM PDT by expat2
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To: csvset
Drugs.

Oh, I forgot: nothing wrong with drugs.

8 posted on 06/09/2014 6:37:21 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: A_perfect_lady
I knew even without the picture. Whenever there’s a “random attack” for “no apparent reason,” it’s race-related. And when race is carefully not mentioned, the perp is black.

A perfect observation...but then what else would I expect from ya? :o)

9 posted on 06/09/2014 6:38:26 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: expat2
If you want to vacation, stay away from the big cities — and sure as he11 don’t live there.

Not true. I live in a big city but am not stupid.

I STAY away from those parts of town where the drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes abound. It's not rocket science; it's common sense.

Crime happens everywhere in this world but it happens MORE in some places than others...so I stay away from the high crime areas.

My daddy taught me to avoid STUPID.

10 posted on 06/09/2014 6:42:29 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: csvset

“Police say Mark Ball, 50, allegedly began beating a 27-year-old Boston man...near 20 W. Wacker...”

Is this a joke or is truth stranger than fiction?


11 posted on 06/09/2014 6:45:04 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: cloudmountain

You live in a big city? I thought you lived on a mountain. :)


12 posted on 06/09/2014 6:46:17 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter
You live in a big city? I thought you lived on a mountain. :)

I DO live on a hill, in a big city. Our "hill" is almost 800 feet high. I would call it a "mountain" but those folks in the Himalayas call anything UNDER 14,000 feet "foothills."

It's all perspective, innit?

13 posted on 06/09/2014 6:53:00 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain
800 ft is certain considered a mountain where I live! :)
14 posted on 06/09/2014 7:03:13 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: cloudmountain

You are of course quite right.

I’ve always found it odd that criminals are so territorial, seldom leaving their neighborhood to prey on those who presumably have more money and less likelihood of being on their guard.

I am, of course, glad that they are, it’s just always seemed odd to me that a 10-minute drive in a car creates such an enormous difference in the crime rate.


15 posted on 06/09/2014 7:22:24 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: cloudmountain
Drugs. Oh, I forgot: nothing wrong with drugs.

How many of his dogs would you shoot?

16 posted on 06/09/2014 7:29:51 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: csvset

Ball: Rocket Surgeon?


17 posted on 06/09/2014 7:35:49 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (June IS "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: csvset

That Mark Cuban was sooooo racist, wasn’t he, crossing the street to avoid an urban attacker


18 posted on 06/09/2014 7:41:51 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: yldstrk

Would like to point out that the article doesn’t specify the race of the victim. While this usually means he is white, we can’t logically just assume it as fact.


19 posted on 06/09/2014 7:43:49 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Jack Hydrazine

““Police say Mark Ball, 50, allegedly began beating a 27-year-old Boston man...near 20 W. Wacker...””

ALLEGEDLY? The victim had “alleged” broken bones and contusions too!


20 posted on 06/09/2014 8:07:55 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: cloudmountain

That part of Chicago should be in a “safe area”. That’s not the “hood”. It was broad daylight. This is just more I can do what I want because I am black BS.


21 posted on 06/09/2014 8:17:15 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: csvset

Generally, the stage hands are the only group of straight men at any major opera house. They are also guys with a background in construction and electrical contracting. They are the opposite of most of the homos and lefty artsy types and frequently hang a flag backstage to stick it in their faces.


22 posted on 06/09/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: vette6387

Innocent until proven guilty.

Ball: See, yo honuh. It’s like dis. I was juss passin’ by mindin’ my own damn bidness when this young Whitey McCracker-Honkey started beatin’ himself to a pulp. I started to freak out for a moment. Never seen anything like it my life. That Whitey be crazy or sumthin’! I did my best to stop him, but no matter how hard I tried the worse it got. Dat’s da truth, yo honuh.

The honorable Rev. Al Sharpton said I was arrested for a WWB - walkin’ while black.


23 posted on 06/09/2014 8:20:54 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: csvset

Mentally ill.


24 posted on 06/09/2014 8:25:49 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: csvset

“He just walked away ...”

Black privilege..


25 posted on 06/09/2014 8:53:25 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: vette6387

Everything nowadays is “alleged” unless you’re white and a “Tea Party” member.


26 posted on 06/09/2014 9:01:18 AM PDT by csvset
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To: laotzu
How many of his dogs would you shoot?

Stupid question. I love doggies, though I am allergic to their fur (cats too).
How many would YOU shoot?

27 posted on 06/09/2014 11:28:39 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Ditter
800 ft is certain considered a mountain where I live! :)

Hmmm, maybe I should learn to YODEL! :o)

28 posted on 06/09/2014 11:31:36 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain
How many would YOU shoot?

Me? I'm a mule killer. I hate drugs.
(especially allergy drugs, you hippie)

29 posted on 06/09/2014 11:40:19 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: Sherman Logan
You are of course quite right.
I’ve always found it odd that criminals are so territorial, seldom leaving their neighborhood to prey on those who presumably have more money and less likelihood of being on their guard.
I am, of course, glad that they are, it’s just always seemed odd to me that a 10-minute drive in a car creates such an enormous difference in the crime rate.

Interesting comments.
I agree with them all.

Criminals seem to have troubled brains. They are stupid. If they were smart they could make more money than God.

30 posted on 06/09/2014 11:40:32 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: defconw
That part of Chicago should be in a “safe area”. That’s not the “hood”. It was broad daylight. This is just more I can do what I want because I am black BS.

Those criminal males should suffer the consequences and to heck with their color.

What goes around DOES come around. Perhaps they are too stupid and arrogant to know that.

31 posted on 06/09/2014 11:42:49 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

If this type of crap continues they will. “They” keep pushing and pushing something is going to blow.


32 posted on 06/09/2014 11:46:07 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: cloudmountain

Unfortunately, more and more often, attacks are taking place in downtown areas, not just the ‘bad’ areas.


33 posted on 06/09/2014 11:49:58 AM PDT by expat2
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To: laotzu
Me? I'm a mule killer. I hate drugs. (especially allergy drugs,you hippie)

May God bless you and keep you always.
AAAHHH-CHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Excuuuse me! I guess I'm allergic to people like you.
Too bad you don't follow some of Lao tzo's philosophy...the quintessential Taoist.

Taoist myths state that Laozi was conceived when his mother gazed upon a falling star. He supposedly remained in her womb for 62 years before being born while his mother was leaning against a plum tree. (The Chinese surname Li shares its character with "plum".)
Laozi was said to have emerged as a grown man with a full grey beard and long earlobes, both symbols of wisdom and long life. Other myths claim that he was reborn 13 times after his first life during the days of Fuxi. In his last incarnation as Laozi, he lived nine hundred and ninety years and spent his life traveling to reveal the Tao.

Hippie? Me? LOL. Boy, do you ever date yourself. Too bad you've ended up so angry and bitter.

And you kill mules. How sweet. (sarc.)

34 posted on 06/09/2014 11:56:58 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: expat2
Unfortunately, more and more often, attacks are taking place in downtown areas, not just the ‘bad’ areas.

Is it time to move?

By the way, you were an expat. Where were you living overseas? Just curious.

35 posted on 06/09/2014 12:02:26 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain
And you kill mules. How sweet.

Sweet?!! You're cooking them wrong.

Besides, you are supposed to let them cough up the coke first.

And yes, I was quite the hep-cat in my day. I speak not this "fa-shizzle" tongue of you children.
(confess: you never heard of Laotzu until you googled it ten minutes ago)

36 posted on 06/09/2014 1:13:02 PM PDT by laotzu
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To: cloudmountain
Too bad you don't follow some of Lao tzo's philosophy

Quick!! Without googling it; which Laotzu philosophy am I not following?

37 posted on 06/09/2014 1:16:02 PM PDT by laotzu
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To: laotzu
(confess: you never heard of Laotzu until you googled it ten minutes ago)

No, I did know of him. I taught yoga (at the college level) for 27 years and learned about all those MOST interesting eastern philosophers. There are some 330 million "faces" of "God" in Hinduism. Gads.

My husband thought that SOMEWHERE in India some cult was worshiping a '65 Chevy. My husband had one. Boy could it FLY.

Mind you, I didn't delve much into their philosophy since it wasn't a philosophy class but I taught it as part of the general cultural aspect of yoga, an Asian practice.

Zoroastrians, Sidhartha Gautama (Buddha) and the Japanese hero worship. The Chinese were RIGHT up there with their gods--kitchen god, garden god, you name it, they had it.
All very interesting.

38 posted on 06/09/2014 1:47:32 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

ALMOST forgot one of the biggies: Kung fu-tzu or Confucius.


39 posted on 06/09/2014 1:49:39 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: laotzu

ALMOST forgot one of the biggies: Kung fu-tzu or Confucius.


40 posted on 06/09/2014 1:50:05 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: laotzu
Quick!! Without googling it; which Laotzu philosophy am I not following?

I don't know. I just know OF him and I've forgotten most of that. I don't care enough to keep all that in my memory. Besides, one can find out LOTS of stuff about him.

I didn't even know that Lao tzu HAD more than one philosophy. Go figure. YOU must know, though, since you took on his name.

41 posted on 06/09/2014 1:53:39 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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YOU must know...

I know nothing. I am a peasant.
(see, I'm philosophyzing!!)

42 posted on 06/09/2014 2:04:32 PM PDT by laotzu
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I know nothing. I am a peasant. (see, I'm philosophyzing!!)

Are you a pleasant peasant who likes pheasant?

43 posted on 06/09/2014 2:11:02 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Sherman Logan
I’ve always found it odd that criminals are so territorial, seldom leaving their neighborhood to prey on those who presumably have more money and less likelihood of being on their guard.

In their neighborhood, they blend in, they have places to flee to, places to hide, and a culture of "no snitching" among their fellow residents (at least as far as a black-on-white attack is concerned). And if a lone victim turns the tables on his attacker, he would probably find that several of the attacker's friends were nearby.

44 posted on 06/09/2014 2:22:17 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: cloudmountain
No. I like Mules!!

Dammit, I am the most pleasant pheasant in the hood.

Why does everyone keep asking me that?

45 posted on 06/09/2014 2:23:37 PM PDT by laotzu
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To: laotzu

Lol!! Great graphic...worthy of Tony the Tiger!


46 posted on 06/09/2014 5:01:05 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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