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On June 24th, 2017 at approximately 3:45 p.m., the Lansing Police Department was dispatched to the area of 192nd and Oakwood Avenue for a fight involving numerous juveniles.

Through subsequent interviews and investigation, it was found that officers responded to a 911 call, in which the caller stated that approximately 30 juveniles were involved in a fight.

Upon arrival, Lansing Police Officers located approximately 30 juveniles in the area; however, the fight had already ended.

Officers met with a 12 year old, male black juvenile who stated that earlier, while he was in the area with friends, a 15 year old male white juvenile gave him a beverage that may have contained drugs in it. The juvenile became scared and went home and told his family what happened.  A short time later, an older brother of the 12 year old juvenile located and confronted the white male juvenile. The two engaged in a physical altercation, resulting in the white male juvenile being struck in the face repeatedly and receiving minor injuries. The male white juvenile, along with other juveniles with him, fled the area prior to officer’s arrival.

According to reports provided by the off-duty Lansing Police Officer, while outside on his personal property, he discovered a backpack in his fenced in backyard that did not belong to him. After discovering the backpack and finding a baseball hat and a realistic looking bb gun inside, he encountered a male white juvenile on his property, bleeding from the face. The 15 year old juvenile stated that he was just involved in a fight in which he was beaten up by several male black juveniles. While speaking with the white juvenile on his porch, a 15 year old male black juvenile approached, also wearing a backpack. Both of the juveniles attempted to leave at that point in time. The off-duty officer told them to stay until the arrival of the police. The juveniles refused to stay and attempted to leave, resulting in the off duty officer physically detaining one of the juveniles. The juveniles were turned over to the responding officers upon their arrival.

The juvenile’s parents were ultimately contacted and they were transported home pending further investigation. Through interviews it was determined that there were in fact, no drugs in the beverage.

The Lansing Police Department is aware of the video that has been subsequently posted on social media regarding the incident, and had initiated an investigation into the matter prior to its public posting.

 The Lansing Police Department is requesting that anyone with direct information about the incident contact the Lansing Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 708-895-7150.

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Detective Lieutenant Steven Roberts
Lansing Police Department

Criminal Investigations Division

2710 170th St

Lansing, IL 60438

Phone 708-895-7119

Fax 708-474-0230

sroberts@villageoflansing.org

 













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