Fight near GTS results in arrest

By R. Scott Lohman

One man was hospitalized and an arrest has been made in a battery case which occurred near Grant Towers South.

The victim, who wished to be identified as Michael, was admitted to Kishwaukee Community Hospital on Tuesday because of facial injuries received in the battery. University Police confirmed the victim’s injuries. Michael is scheduled to be released from KCH this morning.

Michael, 19, of Grant Towers, said the most significant injury which he received was a blood clot to the right eye. He said he also received bumps and bruises and his left eye was swollen as well.

Michael said the incident occurred when he was returning home from a friend’s apartment and two men stopped him. Police said three men approached the victim and asked him for money. Police also said that no money was given and consequently a fight broke out.

Johnny E. Tate, 19, of 497 Grant Towers North, was arrested Tuesday and charged with the battery, University Police Sgt. Deborrah Pettit said. She said Tate was caught running from the scene and he then was transported to KCH for facial injuries received in the fight.

Tate was taken to DeKalb County Jail after being released from the hospital, Pettit said.

Pettit also said that, in addition to Michael and Tate, there were at least three other people involved in the incident.

Michael said, “I’d like to have the whole incident be done away with as soon as possible and not have to worry about it anymore.” He further said that this was “all a mistake that could have been avoided.”

UPs are continuing to investigate the case.