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31 People Charged After 5-Hour Standoff With Police Saturday

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Photo: Van DeLisle

A total of 31 people have been charged with disorderly conduct after party-goers barricaded themselves inside an Edgewater apartment. The charges stemmed from a 5-hour standoff with police that involved SWAT teams. A total of 33 people were detained for questioning. Those charged are 17 women, 13 men and 1 girl.

Neighborhood residents are still shaken up about the whole ordeal that turned a quiet street in Edgewater into a chaotic scene. Many residents were forced to remain inside until the officers were able to gain control of the situation.

The situation started around 11:20 p.m. Friday evening when police made a routine traffic stop on the 6300 block of N. Lakewood Ave. It was there that people who were attending a party nearby started verbally abusing the officers.

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Photo: R. Razowsky

Soon after, officers reported gunshots from a party on the second floor of a nearby building. It was later confirmed that these shots actually came from behind the building and were not directed at officers.

The man thought to be the shooter along with others attending that second-floor party barricaded themselves inside the apartment. At 5 a.m. Saturday, SWAT teams arrived at the scene and forced entry into the unit. After all was done, 33 were detained for questioning, which led to today’s charges of 31 people.

In a strange twist, witnesses told police and reporters that the person hosting the party was a man who has had issues with police in the past. He was the target of two high profile shootings last year in Rogers Park. Those shootings left 28-year-old Wil Lewis and 17-year-old Markeyo Carr dead.

Wil Lewis’ shooting death last year gained much public attention in July. Lewis was standing at a bus stop when he was hit by a stray bullet that was intended for someone else. The police barricade from Saturday’s stand-off was only one block from where Lewis was killed.

 

 

 


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