During an after school fight, a 15-year-old Palatine boy was beaten with a large wooden stick near Palatine High School Monday, police said.
Palatine Police Officers responded to a “fight in progress” call around 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1. The 911 caller reported a boy had been hit in the head with a two-by-four on the 1100 block of E. Cunningham Drive.
“Somebody said they heard an argument, so we called police,” said nearby resident, Anna Corenjo. “These kids just beat each other up,” Corenjo said, “They use whatever they can find to beat each other.”
Officers at the scene said the 15-year-old was hit in the head with a “sizable piece of wood” but not a two-by-four. The boy was transported to Northwest Community Hospital with a head wound. The boy’s injuries were not life threatening, police said.
Palatine Police Cmdr. Kurt Schroeder said the 15-year-old was walking with a group of friends when four to six males confronted the boy. One of those males was carrying a piece of wood and when an argument started, Schroeder said that male subject hit the 15-year-old in the head with the wooden stick.
“There was a fight between a couple of groups rival gangs,” Corenjo said, “We’ve has several incidents like this out here.”
According to Cmdr. Schroeder, several juveniles ranging in age from 14-18 years old were involved in the fight. Schroeder said there was no indication the fight was gang related or that the alleged victim and suspect even knew one another.
Broken in half by the boy’s head, police recovered pieces of wood stick near the intersection of E. Cunningham and N. Williams Drive but officers were unable to locate the suspect. According to police, the suspect, a black male in his teens was wearing a black t-shirt, green shorts, white tennis shoes and a black baseball cap when he fled north on Williams Drive.
No arrests have been made but police continue to investigate the after school fight that occurred near Palatine High School Monday. Schroeder said did not know if administrators as PHS were aware of the fight but police patrols have been increased in that area.
The fight took place less than a quarter of a mile from where eight homemade chemical bombs were found on Sunday, Sept. 30. Despite rumors circulating around the neighborhood, Cmdr. Schroeder said there is no connection between the bombs and the fight.