Police, firefighters and paramedics from Arlington Heights responded about 9:57 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2023 to a report that a male and female homeless couple attacked two males in their car at the Mobil gas station at 102 West Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights.
According to multiple witnesses, two young adult males were encountered by a male/black “homeless person” and a female/black “homeless person” at the front gas pump area of the Mobil gas station on the west side of the property. The two young males had arrived in a red Kia Forte when they were approached by the male/black and the male/female subjects. The nature of the discussion was unknown, but the encounter became heated when the male/black subject allegedly threw a gas station garbage can at the passenger side of the red Kia Forte, breaking the passenger side mirror.
One of the male victims in the Kia Forte called 9-1-1 and reported they were being harassed by the two homeless people — the male and female. One or both of the males may have been armed with pepper spray and an asp baton — a collapsible weapon manufactured by Armament Systems and Procedures, Inc. One of the males allegedly got out of the Kia Forte, and defended himself using pepper spray.
A witness reported that one of the males from the Kia struck the female/black in the head with a “roundhouse” kick. She was injured with a head injury and transported to a nearby hospital. There were apparently no life-threatening injuries. Up to four people may have been transported by paramedics, but the information has not been confirmed by police or the fire department.
The next witness accounts are contradictory. One witness reported to Cardinal News that the male/black overpowered the male from the Kia, and gained control of the ASP baton, and then beat the male from the Kia with the ASP baton. Another witness reported that the male from the Kia beat the male/black with the ASP.
Only one of the males initially from the Kia departed in the Kia — indicating that the other male may have been injured and transported by paramedics, unless he left with a family member or another friend.
According to a homeless person familiar with the male/black subject, police officers took the male/black into custody, and he was apparently not transported to the hospital. He was released during the early morning hours, according to the homeless person familiar with the subject. Initially, it is unknown if he was injured, or whether he faces any criminal charges.
Several witnesses saw the attack or saw the end of the attack, and a large group of teens gathered to watch the incident. There were at least two additional “homeless” people at the scene. One was extraordinarily excited and yelling something untrue about the incident being a “terrorist act.” About 13 police vehicles responded to the scene, and four ambulances were dispatched to the scene. Three Arlington Heights Fire Department ambulances were assigned to the scene, and one Mount Prospect Fire Department ambulance was assigned to the scene.
A witness familiar with the Mobil gas station and the downtown area, described the male/black and female/black subjects as “regulars” in the area that are seen frequently in the downtown area. A witness reported the two homeless subjects have a history of becoming agitated and accosting people who don’t provide them with money when they ask for money.
Police cleared the scene by about 1:00 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2023 after taking photographs and gathering evidence. From observations of the investigation, there was no indication that a major crime occurred that involved critical injuries. The Mobil gas station has security cameras, but it is initially unknown whether the entire interaction was captured on video.
The fire department was assigned to the scene to wash down a significant amount of blood that was located on the pavement on the west side of the gas station bay. There was also a significant amount of garbage strewn across the property from the thrown garbage can.
The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.
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