Two Hanover Park police officers conducting a routine business security check last week received anything but a warm reception from four people authorities say were intoxicated and abusive.
The confrontation, which left officers scratched and bruised but otherwise unhurt, took place at 12:15 a.m. July 31 at First Stop Auto Repair at 1822 Irving Park Road.
Hanover Park police said a woman and three men including the business' co-owner were drunk when they began yelling at the officers and questioning what they were doing, Lt. Roy Hanold said.
"It's part of our job to make sure businesses are secure, especially late at night when they're most prone to break-ins," Hanold said. "The subjects approached the officers in a threatening manner."
Francisco Paredes, 21, of the 6900 block of Plum Tree in Hanover Park, threatened one of the officers and refused to be taken into custody when advised he was under arrest, according to a police statement.
While police struggled with him, Herlinda Cazares, 34, of the 700 block of Roosevelt in Hanover Park, rushed up and began punching one of the officers in the back and attempted to take his gun from its holster, authorities said.
When one of the officers then tried to take her into custody, Carlos Echeverrķa, 18, who lives with Cazares, grabbed the officer to prevent her arrest and then resisted his own arrest, the statement said.
First Stop Auto Repair co-owner Samuel Leon, 27, of the 1600 block of 14th Ave. in Belvidere, then shoved one of the officers still struggling to arrest Cazares.
Additional officers arrived at the scene and took the four individuals into custody.
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office charged all four with felony aggravated battery.
Additionally, Cazares was charged with felony attempting to disarm a police officer and misdemeanor resisting. Paredes was charged with felony resisting and misdemeanor assault. Echeverrķa was charged with felony resisting and misdemeanor unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor. Leon was charged with misdemeanor resisting.
After an Aug. 1 bond hearing at the Rolling Meadows courthouse, the individuals each posted 10 percent of their $5,000 bail and were released.
On Tuesday, Hanover Park police assisted the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency with taking Cazares, Echeverrķa and Paredes into custody on immigration violations.