POLICE: Oak Lawn Bar Brawl Nets Three Arrests, Man Tasered in Back

Employees at 99 Bar Code injured in melee involving three men from Palos Park and Hickory Hills, one of whom was tasered when he ignored cop's orders, police say.

A larger than normal crowd gathered outside an Oak Lawn tavern drew the attention of police who discovered a fight in progress on April 6.

Three men were arrested on various battery counts and resisting arrest when one of them led an officer on a foot chase through the parking lot of Bar Code 99 at 9906 Southwest Highway. All three men sustained injuries from the fight, reports said.

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Police said that the patrol was driving into the tavern’s parking lot after noticing the crowd around 1:25 a.m. when a bystander flagged him down and said, “Yo, there’s a guy down.”

The officer did not find anyone on the ground, but said a man identified as John P. Mitsis, 21, of 123 Prarieview Drive, in Palos Park, was screaming on the sidewalk that someone had punched his girlfriend.

As the cop told the man to calm down, reports said he slapped the officer’s hand away. The officer instructed Mitsis to place his hands behind his back when the man ran into the parking lot. Police said the officer chased Mitsis and was eventually able to grab him, at which point Mitsis started to struggle.

Mitsis allegedly threw a punch that grazed the officer’s chin, causing the officer to withdraw his Taser, reports said. After telling Mitsis to put his hands behind his back, he complied but turned around to see the officer to lower his Taser.

Police said that Mitsis broke away from the officer and began ran toward Southwest Highway between two cars. After numerous warnings, the officer shot Mitsis in the back with the Taser. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center for treatment.

An employee with a large cut over his eye told the officer that he had a verbal altercation with Mitsis, his brother Matthew Mitsis, 21, also of Palos Park, and their friend, Michael Jared Ennis, 20, of the 8100 block of West 90th Street in Hickory Hills, reports said.

The employee told the bouncer not to let three into the bar. As the employee walked back inside the bar, he and John exchanged words. Police said the employee went back outside with bouncer when they saw the three men fighting.

According to the report, the men knocked the employee down and began punching and kicking him, resulting in the cut over the eye.

Matthew Mitsis and Ennis were both arrested and taken to the Oak Lawn police station.

Police said Ennis told them he had been at his girlfriend’s house when the Mitsis brothers invited him to the bar. He said he arrived five minutes after the fight started and saw Matthew get punched in the head.

John and Matthew Mitsus said all three had been drinking at another bar when they were kicked out and headed over to 99 Bar Code. The brothers claimed they couldn’t remember exactly what happened, only that Matthew had gotten hit at some point, police said.

Ennis and Matthew Mitsis were also taken to Advocate Christ, where Ennis was treated for a broken hand and Matthew for a bruised jaw.

Matthew Mitsis and Ennis were charged with battery. Their next court appearance is May 2.

John Mitsis was charged with one felony count of battery and resisting arrest.

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BibbidyBobbidyBoo April 13, 2012 at 03:47 PM
There were many witnesses in the parking lot, and it appears the officer gave plenty of verbal warning prior to using the Taser. He protected himself from liability and then followed protocol to apprehend the fleeing drunk. Well done, officer.
justin burns April 13, 2012 at 05:25 PM
you morons suck, oh yeah the fleeing drunk is getting away tase him and you make up bullshit like protected himself from liability, there isnt any dumb ass, and followed protocol? oh i guess if you cant justify putting a bullet in his back as the drunk is fleeing , at least you cant get to use your taser thats kinda fun? you idiots are so dumb your a disgrace to the human race
zula 5 April 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Justin was drunk when he replied.
BibbidyBobbidyBoo April 14, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Justin apparently cannot understand the subtlety of the sarcastic tone of my comment.
george April 21, 2012 at 07:43 PM
this is so dumb i was theere that night and none of this happened


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