Skip to comments.Family Attacked By Teens Who Cut In Line At Six Flags “Fright Fest”
Posted on 09/28/2017 2:31:06 PM PDT by Red Badger
A family outing at Six Flags Great Americas Fright Fest took a horrific turn Saturday night when a group of teenagers brutally beat a 12-year-old boy and his parents as they waited in line at the amusement park in north suburban Gurnee, authorities said.
The annual Halloween-themed attraction typically draws an increased number of knuckleheads who come to stir things up at the park, but nothing like Saturdays attack that left a family of three hospitalized, Gurnee Deputy Police Chief of Operations Brian Smith said.
This is rare. This is on a different spectrum, Smith said. This family is lucky they got out with just the injuries that they did.
Nine people have been arrested and charged with the attack, but Smith said it was possible more suspects could have gotten away.
We dont have any direct indication that there were additional people involved, but we wont know that for sure unless we see more footage, Smith said, urging witnesses to come forward to police with cellphone videos.
The melee started about 8:45 p.m., when a group of young people cut in front of a 50-year-old woman in line with her 51-year-old husband and 12-year-old son in the parks Southwest Territory, near the Raging Bull and Giant Drop rides, Smith said.
The woman asked the group to stop using foul language in front of her son, and one of the teens sucker-punched the boy, Smith said.
The boys father stepped in, as did his mother, but the group overpowered them, continuing to kick, punch and stomp them as they went down to the ground, Smith said.
The family was taken to a hospital with significant injuries. Smith told the Sun-Times on Wednesday that they have since been released.
Six Flags security had broken up the attack by the time Gurnee Police arrived. Numerous people called 911 to report the fight. Police radio dispatches suggest a chaotic scene as officers tried to contain the fight.
Its by the Whack-a-Mole [attraction] now, an officer says over yells in the background.
For everybody rolling up to them, theyre pretty mouthy, another officer cautioned as they followed the group out to the parking lot, where they arrested them. Several witnesses identified the attackers, Smith said.
Gregory Battle, 18, was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery in a public place and mob action. The Waukegan resident was released after posting 10 percent of a $20,000 bond, according to Lake County Jail records.
Eight north suburban juveniles ranging in age from 15 to 17 were charged with mob action and taken to the Depke Juvenile Complex Center in Vernon Hills. Their names were withheld because theyre minors.
Three of those teens were also hit with aggravated battery charges, Smith said. One was charged with obstruction of justice for giving a police officer a fake name.
Gregory Battle (Credit: Gurnee Police)
What do you call a negro who turns twenty? A teen of advanced years?
Aleutian Eskimos at it again.
So the homies didn’t kneel before cutting in line?
Now why did I know that the attackers were “diverse”.....
I got it. You call him a statutory teen.
Sorry, Six Flags offers “FastPass” to skip lines, not “GhettoPass”.
Weekend at Gurnee’s (sic) is
Why can’t the idea of Liberia be resurrected?
Of course it’s never a racial hate crime when they’re involved.
It doesn’t give the race of the family that was attacked. Is it a hate crime?
Liberia doesn’t want them..................
Obama’s kids got out again...
I would sooner volunteer for spreading tar on roads in the hot sun than willingly go where the Amish yutes hang out.
It also doesn’t give their names, like it would give you a clue..................
A lucky old man....................