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Area residents victims of Chicago teen mob beating

Updated: July 14, 2012 6:24AM

A former Sugar Grove woman and her two roommates in Chicago Saturday night for a country music concert became the victims of a teen mob attack.

It was one of at least three mob attacks reported by Chicago police over the weekend.

The 29-year-old woman, who now lives in West Chicago, said she and her roommates, a 23-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, were attacked on a Red Line L train at 10:20 p.m. Saturday after a Brad Paisley concert at Wrigley Field. The attack occurred on the train as it neared the State and Lake stop in downtown Chicago, said the woman, who asked not to be identified.

The woman said as the train neared downtown about a dozen teenagers boarded the train.

“We were in a pretty empty car. They congregated toward our end of the car, but we didn’t think anything of it,” the woman said.

The woman’s roommate dropped her cell phone and one of the teenagers picked it up.

“He said, ‘I’ll be taking this,’” the woman said.

She said her roommates both asked for the phone back, and the mob of teens circled around them and started beating her male roommate.

“They were beating the crap out of him, punches to the side and front of his face. He was on the ground trying to cover his face,” she said.

When the L reached State and Lake streets, the teenagers hurried off, she said.

A couple on the L platform called 911 and covered her roommate’s face with a T-shirt.

“He was very hurt. There was blood coming from everywhere,” the woman said. “We were really just trying to save his life at that point.”

After waiting 20 minutes without police response, they moved the man up to street level and flagged down a police officer, she said.

The man was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a fractured orbital bone, broken teeth and a severe concussion, the woman said. He had about seven stitches over his left eye.

“It was the scariest day of my life. I haven’t been able to sleep — I keep replaying it over and over again,” the woman said Tuesday.

She said she identified the attackers on an L security camera for Chicago police.

“Now it’s just putting a name to those faces,” she said.

Her father, who lives in Sugar Grove, said the three roommates were shaken by the incident.

“Physical scars heal, but the tragedy is the mental scarring that will always keep you looking behind to see if someone is out there to harm you,” he said.

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