Flossmoor Men Beaten and Robbed Near Marcus Cinema

One of the men was taken to St. James Hospital after the July 2 attack.

Two men were attacked near the dumpsters outside Marcus Cinema last week, according to police reports.

A 25-year-old Flossmoor man told police a large group of teenagers attacked him, striking him in the face and head. The man said the attack was unprovoked and the teens did not say anything before it happened, according to the report.

The man was treated for his injuries at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.

A 22-year-old Flossmoor man told police he was attacked as well, jumped from behind by two men. The second victim said he dropped his phone during the attack and saw someone pick it up, according to the report.

A witness told police she saw a group of eight to 10 males and six females surrounding and attacking the men before fleeing on foot. The woman said all the attackers appeared to be between the ages of 14 and 10, according to the report.

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lynne July 13, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Reasons as to why my husband and I are looking to live in another city. We don't think this area is a wise investment anymore.
FlossmoorMom July 13, 2012 at 08:27 PM
While this is terrible, and shocking...I'm sure there have been incidents like this in places like Orland Park as well...hopefully they will somehow be able to track these kids down...
Juvenal July 13, 2012 at 09:07 PM
<<I'm sure there have been incidents like this in places like Orland Park as well>> Do provide us the link when you find it....
Dustin Decker July 13, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Here's another one... http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/10094227-418/three-orland-park-men-in-ice-custodycharged-in-beating-of-tenant-last-month.html
JP July 13, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Huh?? Victims around 22 years of age and the perps around 10 to 14?? Did I read that right? Why was the victim behind a garbage can? Were they "walking to their car" or what? None of this makes any sense at all. (10 to 14 years old?) really?
Blind Dog Fulton July 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM
@SouthSide -- I don't think it matters what time of day it is. We should be able to walk around our area at all times of day and night and not feel threatend by these punks who don't have parents. Don't ask "Where are their parents?" Because they don't have any...they have "Friends who conceived them." Being a real parent is a hard job, being their friend means they don't have to disipline them, that's what's wrong...these kids show this hood behavior and their "parents" don't disipline them. It starts and finishes with the parents, or lack of parental supervision. I am sick to my stomach, as should all other residents of this area. CHANGE NOW
lynne July 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
We're planning on leaving the Chicagoland area completely. I'm sad but it is what's best for our children. It's incidences like this that have us doing research on better places to live. What's even more terrible is these things keep happening in this whole area. The numbers continue to rise and it's just not home anymore.
Phillip R Baggs July 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Nice description of the kids. I will keep a lookout for 12 year olds.
June Whitehand July 13, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Ok, why were they by the garbage dumpsters in the first place?? Sounds like a big piece of the story is missing here.....
FlossmoorMom July 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM
@June - Actually I think I know which dumpsters the article is talking about- when my family sees a movie, we often exit out the back towards the parking lot area where we park, there is a small enclosed area with a dumpster that leads to the lot...I'm guessing these people were just exiting that way as so many others do.
FlossmoorMom July 13, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Did you forget about the beating just last month in Tinley Park? http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/crime/12658014-418/source-group-beaten-at-tinley-park-restaurant-were-white-supremacists.html I mean...that happened INSIDE a restaurant.... here's another featuring teenage hatecrimes... http://orlandpark.patch.com/articles/poll-should-schools-teach-hate-crime-prevention but really Juvenal, bad things happen everywhere. Again, like I said, this is terrible AND shocking- the age of the kids is even more so... I hope the Heights steps up their patrolling...but to think Orland Park is "Mayberry" is a fallacy.
Juvenal July 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Sorry, try again, This was much wores: the restaurant attack was a premeditated white supremacist thing, the attackers followed the victims to a restaurant. It would have happened wherever the victims went to meet. The other was a neighbor dispute. Both involved adults. This was a RANDOM attack perpetrated by youths on total strangers. More in common with the wilding attacks by gangs of youth in Chicago.
Genvieve LaChappele July 14, 2012 at 12:16 AM
The first frost can't come fast enough. I wish winter was all year long. This crap goes away during the winter. People are going to fly out of here when the market starts to clear!
FlossmoorMom July 14, 2012 at 12:41 AM
So let me get this straight...a "premeditated white supremacist thing, the attackers followed the victims to a restaurant. It would have happened wherever the victims went to meet. The other was a neighbor dispute. Both involved adults." Is somehow less violent? I'm pretty sure that there were likely teens and or children in that restaurant as well...and I think the attack as far as the victims are concerned felt pretty "random" since they had no idea what was about to go down while enjoying their meal. I'm an extremely peaceful person...I don't believe in fights or hurting people. I think if caught the children/teens should get counseling and time in juvenile hall as the law dictates. Violence is violence...I don't care if it's a child or senior citizen, violence is NEVER ok...and it's terrible that this happened- but freak incidents happen and I hope that it doesn't happen again!
Midnite13 July 14, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I moved to Indiana because I felt that area was quickly going down hill. You can take people out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of people. It never made sense to me why people would want to move to nicer areas but still keep that same effed up mentality they had on their old neighborhood.
Cheryl Sailor July 14, 2012 at 02:23 AM
The media NEVER will give a description unless pressured to. I have called the Southtown and local police to say that if the Criminals are running free, I must have age, race, size, etc. I can't just be on the lookout for, "a man" or "youths." I think the media and etc. just does not want to be sued for supposed racism.
lynne July 14, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Cheryl, you are very right about that. Anytime they give an accurate description of the criminal, it's racist. Same for the cops. Anytime they do their job, they're accused of racial profiling. It's ridiculous. Statistics don't lie. It's not racism, it's the cold hard truth.
Cheryl Sailor July 14, 2012 at 08:32 AM
To the Patch and Police departments: Please provide descriptions of the accused criminals on the loose as this is the only way that your articles provide any service to the public. No one can be on the look out for the safety of business, home or person if your descriptions are limited to, " a man," or "a group of male and female youths." I believe that protecting against potential accusations of racism is an additional danger to the non-criminal public if the result is no descriptions of perpetrators. It is bad enough that primarily ghetto thugs of all ages prey upon the non-criminal public. This silence of the media and police is only a boon to the criminals. Thank you to the police for all else you do to protect the law abiding public, especially with the added difficulties of ghetto criminals and gangs pouring out of what were, originally, nice neighborhoods, seeking to victimize and convert new neighborhoods into the crime ridden slums they came from. It is slash and burn behavior in terms of neighborhoods, and the police have additional work cut out for them.
Cheryl Sailor July 14, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Some of these, "parents" are not even friends. They just reproduce and let their progeny run wild all of their lives victimizing others and finally reproducing their own progeny. These types would have no concept of what you just wrote. Then they take over new neighborhood hunting grounds as they reproduce, driving out or killing law abiding citizens, creating new enclosed crime ridden areas that one would need a tank to drive through safely, and scream that the reason non-criminals left (driven out by crime) is racism.
Cheryl Sailor July 14, 2012 at 08:46 AM
As far as not going to, "that theatre," pretty soon you won't go to that park or that grocery store or that anything. Your circumference of living gets smaller and smaller, just as I and many others experienced in Roseland. Time of day that you can be out gets smaller and smaller also, until finally it no longer matters because the ghetto criminals who become your neighbors, have nothing else to do than watch your house alllll day and wait for you to go out just for a few minutes any time of day. All of this happened in Roseland.
Mr. Jack July 14, 2012 at 02:55 PM
...and these kids know what they are doing b/c if you fight back against 10-14 year old kids who attack you, and even on of them gets hurt in any way(from defending yourself), the kids and their parents yell 'child abuse' and the victim becomes the attacker.
Sharon Beller July 14, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Some people need to quit accusing the victims & take a stand! I recently read that violent crime went down 44% on troubled youth in a school in Chicago when they were given counseling & olympic judo/karate lessons for just 13 weeks...some o f these kids get less supervision/love than a pet! We need to love these kids before they learn to hate on a permanent basis. Look at the kids in Chicago., they probably all have ptsd! It is more violent than Iraq have the time.... It breaks my heart for all sides
Sharon Beller July 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Take out the beller, I have enough of these kind of problems
Cheryl Sailor July 14, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Yes and some of these, "kids" are the size of football players. One of their pass times is to walk about 6 abreast down the middle of the street shouting racial slurs particularly at old women who have to pass through them while driving. Older women are their victims of choice. Then the parents of these, "babies" are first to scream and sue if anything happens. The media calls these young men and women, "children" as well though that is a misrepresentation. But yes, be careful not to hurt one of these darlings, no matter what THEY say or do or how ever much crime they perpetrate. Keep the phone ready to call 911 and hope the police respond quickly.
Cheryl Sailor July 14, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I completely agree with all the social programs since many of the "parents" seem to do less parenting than a cat. The kids all have ptsd? Not as much as what their victims suffer when they perpetrate their crime on entire neighborhoods. Then these, "kids" who are not kids at all but young adults quickly reproduce so that the cycle starts all over again exponentially so that they need to spread out to take new neighborhoods.
Hernendo RevolveR July 14, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I think this is perfect evidence that taxes need to be raised so we can have enough money to help these children. We all know that government programs are effective and cost efficient so I think we need to create another one so these children can be saved. Those rich Flossmoor men have all that they need, the children in Chicago Heights just want their fair share.
Cheryl Sailor July 14, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Does that mean the young adults, not little children, of the Heights should go out and victimize others to take, "their fair share?" In Roseland we had no more money than the people who criminally victimized others. Yet we did not behave this way. So don't tell me the poor should victimize middle or upper middle class people. If that is the case, the so called, "children" of Chicago Hts should go after the top 1% who are really responsible. Get your fair share from them please.
D July 15, 2012 at 01:35 AM
This is horrible; however not surprising. This area is going to sh^&. I am ready to leave. It is not racist. They probably were N&**#@. I am Black and so what. I see why other races don't want to live around us. Now is not a race thing but a class thing. Chris Rock said it best, you have Blacks and you have N&**#@. N&**#@ will watch you all day long while you live a productive life and take everything you have.
Deb Hartung July 15, 2012 at 06:18 PM
What about this one?? http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-09-10/news/chi-67yearold-woman-shot-in-attempted-armed-robbery-at-orland-square-mall-parking-lot-in-orland-park-20110910_1_dark-jeans-robbery-offender
SouthSide July 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I agree. Still wondering, though, if the parent responsible for transporting these kids was late to [pick them up in the day time or after dark. If after dark, even MORE reason to tell the parent(s) that he or she or they are epic failures. I totally blame the parents when the suspects are so young.


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