The first call placed the night of an altercation between black and white teens at Wolfe Wildlife Park came from a nearby neighbor.
At 9:22 p.m., Aug. 14, the neighbor called 911 to report an unknown male pounding on her door screaming for help. The caller did not approach the door but called police.
The second 911-call was received at 9:25 p.m. from a 17-year-old black youth reporting that he and his brother had been jumped in the park “by a bunch of white people,” according to new information from Oak Lawn Police.
The youth gave his name and the address of another nearby home, and asked for an ambulance.
At the request of the Cook County assistant state’s attorney, Oak Lawn police detectives interviewed the two older teens charged with two counts each of misdemeanor battery -- Stephen Hyde, 18, of Oak Lawn, and Hexadore Randall, 19, of Chicago.
Detectives also spoke with the four black male juveniles identified as “involved others” in the case report. All four had been handcuffed and detained by police at the park the night of the melee, but were released without being charged.
The youths arrived at the Oak Lawn police station the next day with their parents. The father of one boy refused to bring his son to the station for further interviews, who was listed on the report as a witness.
The black teens give their version of events at Wolfe Wildlife, based on new information from Oak Lawn Police:
- A 17-year-old boy said he was at home with another juvenile and Hexadore Randalll. The youth told police that his mother asked him to walk the family dog. The three met up with Stephen Hyde. The 17-year-old and his friends were standing on the bridge at Wolfe Wildlife looking at the water and talking, when he saw a group of about 10 white teens exit the woods. The black youth asked, “What’s up?” The 17-year-old told police that a white teen responded, “What’s up, n-----.” Then he saw one of the white teens shove their friend. Another white teen punched him and everyone began fighting. The 17-year-old said all of the white teens were piled on top of his friend. He and another friend were able to get away and ran toward Richards High School. They saw two friends driving down 107th Street. The friends joined them and they walked back toward the park because they couldn’t find their friend. The police stopped them and they were detained.
- Detectives spoke next to a 16-year-old youth, who was with the group walking the dog. He was on the bridge when he saw a white teen bump his 17-year-old brother. His brother asked the teen why he was hitting him? Another white teen punched his brother, so his brother hit him back. The white teen called for backup and a whole bunch of kids came out the woods. The 17-year-old and his friends tried to walk away, but the other teens kept fighting them. Police detained him after he and his friends returned for his brother, who was taken away in an ambulance.
- Another teen came to the station with his grandfather. He told police he was driving down 107th Street with friends when he saw Hyde and Randall. They told him that their friends got jumped in the woods and they couldn’t find them. The teen later had to stand in a police lineup.
- The 17-year-old boy who ran to the neighbor’s screaming for help, told detectives he was standing on the bridge when he was shoulder bumped by a white teen. When he asked why the other boy hit him, the white teen replied: “There’s not enough room on the bridge.” The 17-year-old told police that a second white teen hit him, so he hit the guy in front of him. He and his friends were walking away when they saw more white teens rushing toward them, “so we got fighting.” He ran to the neighbor’s home and pounded on the door, yelling for help. He heard a white teen say, “That’s where he lives.” He said the teens came at him again. “I pushed ‘em and ran a few more houses down.” The second neighbor let hm use the phone inside the house. He called his mom, then 911 for an ambulance. He was picked up by Oak Lawn paramedics in front of the second neighbor’s house to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
- Detectives and the assistant state’s attorney also interviewed Hyde and Randall, who were being held in lockup. Hyde refused to answer questions. Randall game a similar statement to his injured friend. When everyone started fighting, the 19-year-old Randall told police he started swinging. Randall told investigators that he was outnumbered so he swung at anyone near them. “I hit a few of them,” Randall said.
Based on statements made by one of the white teens identified in reports as a victim, the youth said he might be able to identify the person who hit him. Police said he wasn’t present for the first lineup at the park the night of the fight.
At the assistant state’s attorney’s request, the victim viewed a second line-up the next day at the Oak Lawn police station, which included Randall and Hyde but he couldn’t make an identification.
Based on victims' statements, Hyde and Randall were charged with misdemeanor battery. The assistant state’s attorney denied felony charges because “no great bodily harm had been done.”Read more Patch coverage of the Wolfe Wildlife Park altercation
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