Blotter: Chicago man’s life threatened at McDonald’s

Nikki Baim, Reporter

A 49-year-old Chicago man reported to police Thursday his life was threatened by a boy with a gun at a south Evanston McDonald’s.

The man and his 7-year-old daughter were eating at a McDonald’s in the 1100 block of Howard Street at about 4 p.m., Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said. A group of boys sitting at a table next to them started acting loud and started swearing.

The man walked over to the boys and asked them to be quiet, Glew said. He also told them that swearing does not “make them cool.”

His comments angered the boys, so the man left the table and walked toward the McDonald’s exit. One of the boys followed him and rubbed his side against the man, and the man said he felt a gun on his right hip, Glew said. The boy said, “You feel that? If your daughter was not here, I would kill you.”

The man left the restaurant to call police at 5:30 p.m. He told police that, after being notified police were coming, the suspect went to the bushes outside the McDonald’s and disposed of the weapon.

Police did not find a gun at the scene and have not identified the suspect.

Chicago man charged with domestic battery

A Chicago man in his 20s was arrested Wednesday in connection with domestic battery and criminal damage to property in south Evanston.

The man left a 20-year-old woman’s home in the 110 block of Callan Avenue to go to work at 4:30 p.m., Glew said. He returned shortly after because he was told that the woman was hosting other people in his absence, including a “romantic rival.”

The woman stopped the man, who was then agitated, at the rear door of the building, Glew said. He punched out the window of the door and forced his way past her. The woman retreated into her home.

A witness told Glew that once inside, the man brandished a knife but did not use it. Police said they recovered the knife at the scene.

The man was charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property. The cost of the broken window was estimated at $100.

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