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Hinsdale 15-Year-Old Punches Police Officer

Three people were charged with battery in Hinsdale between Saturday night and Monday afternoon.

Aggravated battery—A 15-year-old male juvenile from Hinsdale punched a Hinsdale Police officer in the face Saturday night after the officer responded to a complaint that the juvenile, who was observed to be under the influence of alcohol, was harassing park-goers at Burlington Park.

According to the police report, a male juvenile victim came into the police station earlier, saying that several youths were using foul language and trying to fight people in the park. The responding officer arrived at the park and observed the suspect physically pushing park-goers. When the officer asked to speak with the suspect, the suspect fled the scene.

The officer tracked down the suspect in the alley of the 100 block of North Garfield Street and observed the youth to be under in the influence of alcohol. The officer attempted to detain the suspect, according to police, when the suspect punched the officer. No medical treatment was necessary for any injuries suffered by the officer.

The event took place between 9:33 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. The suspect was charged with battery to a police officer, fighting, and unlawful use of alcohol. He was ticketed and released with court information.

Hinsdale Police Department Deputy Chief Mark Wodka said in an email that the department is not releasing the identity of the suspect because he is a minor. Identities of officers who are victims also are not released, Wodka said. 

Aggravated battery—A 19-year-old Hinsdale man ended up in the DuPage County Jail after physically resisting arrest early Sunday morning, according to Hinsdale Police.

Patrick E. Wallach, of 140 S. Clay St., had a warrant for his arrest stemming from a May 4 incident in Oak Brook in which he also resisted arrest. Knowing of the warrant, a Hinsdale officer attempted to stop Wallach aboard his bike early Sunday for not having rear or front reflectors, but Wallach fled, the police report said.

He was located again at the intersection of 55th Street and Quincy at approximately 2:20 a.m. The officer observed that Wallach was under the influence of alcohol; when the officer went to detain Wallach, the suspect physically resisted arrest. According to police, the officer, whose identity will not be released, did not need medical treatment for any injuries.

Wallach was charged with battery to a police officer, unlawful use of alcohol, and resisting/obstructing an officer. He was ticketed and transported to DuPage County Jail. Deputy Chief Wodka said Wallach was still in jail as of Tuesday morning. 

Battery—A Countryside man was charged with battery after he made “physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature” with a female victim Monday afternoon at Whole Foods, 500 E. Ogden Ave., according to police.

James A. Lippert, of 10746 Crestview Rd., allegedly grabbed the victim’s left shoulder in the grocery store, “applying pressure like a pressure point,” the report said. The incident occurred at 12:46 p.m.

Lippert was charged, and then released with court information.

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John May 13, 2011 at 01:57 PM
15 year old hitting a police officer is unacceptable !!! Where's the parents? That Hinsdale Cop shoud of took the kid behind the police department and "tuned him up " Maybe thats what he need. That would never happen in super proper Hinsdale .
oswegoannie May 17, 2011 at 05:25 PM
I'd love to know the name of the punk 15 year old, drunk in the park and bullying other kids, punching cops. His parents must be SO proud....
Joe O'Donnell May 29, 2012 at 03:55 PM
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