Report: Nine arrested in Six Flags brawl that hospitalized family

Posted at 3:55 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 16:55:12-04

A family of three was hospitalized after they were attacked by eight teens and an adult at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois Saturday, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune

One of the members of the group apparently cut in front of the family in line for a ride, and swore at the family when they confronted them.

A 12-year-old boy in the family was allegedly attacked, and when the father went to help the son, he was knocked down. The group surrounded him, punching and kicking him. The wife also came to help her son and husband but she also was attacked.  The group of nine were all arrested after the incident.

The family of three were all taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

Police were called to the Southwest Territory area of the park for a fight. A 911 call suggested 10 people were fighting one person. 

Eight juveniles from 15 to 17-years old along with Gregory Battle, 18, of Waukegan were arrested. Battle faces aggravated battery charges and the juveniles were named in petitions for mob action. One of the juveniles was also charged with obstruction of justice for giving a fake name. 

"We believe there were more witnesses that did not come forward, and any video would be useful to the investigation," a Gurnee police officer told the Tribune. "We urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward and make a statement."

The park is currently in its Fright Fest event. The suspects were reportedly not in costume. 

Six Flags officials told the Tribune the attack was not a common occurrence.