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Suspect's acts result in consequences


An 18-year-old Waukegan man charged in connection with a beating at Six Flags Great America in the fall was castigated by a Lake County judge Monday for unspecified events surrounding a canceled court appearance last week, with the judge warning the suspect there would be serious consequences for any more problems with courthouse employees.

“Do that again and there will be consequences,” Levitt said. Battle is being held without bond after he was picked up on an arrest warrant for skipping bond twice during the spring. He originally had been released after posting 10 percent of $20,000 bail following his arrest in connection with a Sept. 23 altercation at Great America in Gurnee.

The Batavia family, a 51-year-old man, 50-year-old woman and their 12-year-old son, was attacked after confronting the group of nine about cutting in line and using foul language, according to police. Battle was taken into custody shortly after the attack and charged with felony counts of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery in a public place. He was the only suspect charged as an adult. Battle again disappeared after failing to enter the drug treatment center, according to authorities, and another warrant with no bond was issued for his arrest.

On June 12, Waukegan police responded to a home invasion call in the 1000 block of South Elmwood, but after officers spoke with people at the scene, the call was reclassified as an altercation involving Battle and others, according to Cmdr. Joe Florip.

During an investigation, Battle was identified by a witness, Florip said, and he was charged with battery and mob action for the South Elmwood incident before being transferred to the jail on the outstanding warrant.

It was the second time Battle was arrested by Waukegan police while he was being sought for allegedly becoming a fugitive while on bond for the Great America charges.


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