I was assaulted on the Magnificent Mile

For 23 years now I have lived in Rogers Park, that neighborhood with an undeserved reputation for being soooo dangerous. In all that time, I have never been physically assaulted in Rogers Park.

Due to extensive smoke damage to the duplex we own, we had to temporarily move out of the Far North Side neighborhood.

So now I've been living for less than a week two blocks from the Magnificent Mile, and already I've been assaulted there.

I was walking south on Michigan Avenue at Pearson, in front of Water Tower Place, when another guy approached coming toward me. He was walking in my same pathway, even though I was on the right side of the sidewalk. I expected him to veer over, but he didn't. So at the last second I moved out of his way.

He stopped, punched me hard in the chest, and screamed, "Watch where you're walking mother fucker!"

Of course, I was stunned. He walked on and I yelled, "You could be arrested for that."

I pulled out my phone and began dialing 911. But then I thought better of that idea.

You see, I'm already dealing with the hassles of a big home insurance claim. The last thing I need is to deal with the police and the judicial system. I know I probably should have had him arrested, but I just didn't want to deal with it.

So, the next time you want to wax poetic about beautiful Boul Mich or diss neighborhoods like Rogers Park, think of this story. Assaults can happen anywhere.

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  • Pepper spray Kevin. I carry mine all the time--especially near work. Because if I were going to rob someone, this is the neighborhood I would choose.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Kevin, I am so sorry to hear about the fire. Just heard from Glenda.
    Now mugged?! Oh, my gosh. I'm with you, in all my years in RP, I never had a problem. Hang in there. Best to Susan.

  • Oh, man.

    I have thought of all kinds of things to say--and ended up telling myself "bite your tongue" on each one.

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    Not worth calling 911 – the CPD just doesn't care and won't help you. I was assaulted when a cab driver purposely tried to swerve into me while I was riding my bike. He then proceeded to get out of his cab and yell obscenities at me. The CPD claimed it's not assault if there is no verbal threat, which is complete bullshit.

  • your incident sounds like a guy i was walking near on state street last monday. i can't tell anymore if people are talking on a hands-free phone or if they are crazy when they walk down the sidewalk talking to themselves. this guy was not on a phone and he was very angry. a man walking the opposite way politely engaged him (maybe he thought this guy was speaking to him). crazy guy yelled at him, said he was ready to fight... polite man scurried quickly away. i crossed the street.

  • Sorry to hear that, Kevin. What time of day did it occur?

    Also, congratulations for choosing your words carefully. Mustn't upset the PC police (who'd chastise you for saying anything to the guy). I encountered someone from that force on the 151 bus last weekend.

  • Thanks to all for your support.

    Adam H: I have to disagree that the police don't care. I'll just leave it at that because I doubt I will change your mind.

    Blue: This happened at 7:30 am this morning.

  • that type of stuff does happen everywhere. lincoln park, lakeview, southport corridor, gold coast, mag mile, you name it. unfortunately it isn't going to stop anytime soon. just crazy people out there sometimes.

    had i seen it, i would have definitely put him on the ground (or tried to) as i have in the past while waiting for the cops to arrive. people need to stand up for each other and help out when the police aren't around. they are there to write reports after the fact.

    glad you're okay and it wasn't worse.

  • This is WHY we need a legal concealed carry.
    A LOT of this would go away and not even BE a problem with CC, guys won't be pulling this if they think the person could be armed.
    Not saying to blow the guy away, just hold him for the cops, or even if they take off running...let them go & think about how close they might have came...

    49 other states can't be wrong...

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    In reply to John887:

    More guns won't solve any problems.

  • In reply to Adam H:

    Maybe you should look at ALL THE OTHER STATES that have passed shall issue CC, they have ALL lowered their violent crime rate.

    I know facts that don't align with your opinion are not given much weight, but at least try to admit that you might be wrong.

  • In reply to John887:

    Are you serious? For an argument/fight on Michigan Avenue? Did you really feel like this guys life was threatened? You might want to have a talk with George Zimmernan on this one.

    You're simply an angry wimp and a coward if you need a gun to protect yourself from an argument on Michigan Ave. As much as I support CCW, you're the reason why we don't have it. You're a loser who is instantly becomes a tough guy when you have a pistol on your hip. You're unstable and you obviously WANT to shoot someone.

    What a loser!

  • In reply to transplant:

    Make up your mind, is it an argument or a fight? Sounded like an assault...but from your reaction you didn't comprehend any of it.

    And AGAIN, clueless people apparently read the post and still don't understand what I wrote.

    So your saying that this guy should be able to jump you, & slam your head into the concrete until you require a hospital or are dead?

    Or do you plan to read his mind to see if he has a weapon or what he intends?
    Obviously you THINK you can read mine.

    Listen kid, I have been in a spot where I needed to protect myself & family, I can tell you never have.

    And no I didn't shoot anyone...and I don't have to lower myself with name calling...

  • In reply to John887:

    Are you suggesting we just shoot all the crazy people?

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Y E S -- And notice I DIDN'T Stutter Cheryl

    Repeat -- S H O O T _ T H E M

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    See that's what I like about anti-gunners, they take what you type and try to twist into something else...did I not say "Not saying to blow the guy away"...

    As for shooting all the crazy people, lets get rid of the stupid ones first...AGAIN I'm not saying to kill them, lets just take off all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

    Then we can concentrate on the crazies....

  • john887,
    While I agree with the right to arm yourself, I would urge you to reconsider your attitude towards drawing a weapon.

    "just hold him for the cops" is a threat of deadly force, and should be deployed only when you are truly prepared to use deadly force. i.e. you do not point a firearm at anything you aren't willing and ready to kill.

    It's widely held - conventionally, as well as legally - that deadly force is only acceptable (to those who aren't sworn peace officers) when your life is directly threatened.

    All of this is to say that you should not aim a weapon or otherwise threaten somebody unless you are in imminent danger and in fear for your life.

  • In reply to sporks:

    Exactly, and if someone had ASSAULTED me, like this guy, I would have pulled my CC...who knows if/when/how this guy may continue to assault or even pull a weapon and kill you.

    And IF he came at me again, I AM prepared to use it. (Depending on circumstances, you might get by with just showing them you are armed...and I would do that, as long as I don't assume the risk.)

    But AGAIN, let me point out that I specifically said that if he ran away that I would let him go, and not try to be a cowboy when there was NO threat.

    I just hate the fact that I am made a criminal by the very laws that protect the violent offenders.
    And it amazes me that people zoom in 3 ton autos, on the hi-ways just a few feet from opposing traffic, and trusts that the other driver knows enough to not get them all killed...but if that same person wanted a gun for protection, then the trust is gone.
    I don't get it.

  • In reply to John887:

    The trust is already gone if you need a gun for protection. Your argument makes little sense.

  • In reply to chris:

    Well Chris if it went over your head, I'll try to explain.

    When I say trust, it means towards people without a track record of crime. And if someone without that record wants to CC, and passes a course training them the rules, then I DO trust them....and I have no problem with them CC.

    Supposedly drivers are also kept track of, so they can be trusted to drive responsibly...I know that isn't always the case, because we don't live in a make believe fairyland...and the real world isn't perfect.

    Hope this helps you out...

  • It sounds like this could have easily taken place in the hallways of a Jr. high school. A bully that is mad at the world takes it out on strangers... Some people just don't grow up. With that said, you probably did the right thing. It's not like he took your wallet, and you don't know the guy so it would be incredibly hard for the police to find him. The only other option would be to throw down with the guy... But unless you're a youthful 20 something without a family or major responsibilities, throwing down with a random stranger over a sucker punch to the chest is a bad idea.

  • In reply to Rob M:


    I could not have said it any better myself? Where have the real men gone? Too scared to throw down...You win some, you lose some.

    Like Rob said, this was at best, a high school-hallway bout. Yes, the guy may have been an idiot but why should a grown man need to waste resources by calling another man (a cop) to the rescue for a simply street brawl?

    You're living in a pretty crowded city and these things are going to happen occasionally. I say pick and choose your battles. If you were to intimidated to fight the guy, then that's fine too... but I'd be too embarrassed for my manhood to call the cops. You're obviously pissed, but I wouldn't dwell on it. Stuff happens.

    However, one more bit of advice... keep your trap shut if you can't back up your trash-talk. If you're gonna say f**k you to a stranger, then be ready to back it up. If you're gonna give someone the finger...be ready to go.

    Where have the REAL men gone?

  • Kevin, you may be acquainted with the rules of three....you've clearly hit #2, I hope #3 is better than the first two....

  • OK guys I know many of you are commenters at CTA Tattler, and I welcome you. But here are the rules:

    We have polite discourse here. That means no name-calling like "loser."

    So let's change the tone a bit and argue the issues rather than make personal attacks.

    Thank you.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Sorry Kevin...I just read your comment. I'll refrain from the name calling.

    My apologies.

  • Welcome to obama's america.

  • In reply to ibilldavis:

    What does that even mean, or have anything to do with this?

  • In reply to chris:

    That means that ibill is sophisticated enough to be able to cloak his racist jabs quite successfully (and without breaking the rules).

    Good job ibill.

  • Glad you're okay bud. Just do what I do, walk down the street with an angry scowl and no one will bother you.

    And I love the fact that you pointed out that this stuff happens in the "safe" areas of town. I can count the number of times I've felt unsafe in my hood with one finger.

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