The harrowing ordeal unfolded after the rowdy teens cut in front of a 50-year-old woman standing in line with her husband, 51, and their 12-year-old son at the Gurnee amusement park on Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The woman asked the group to stop using foul language before one of them “sucker-punched” her son, Gurnee Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith told the newspaper. The pack of teens then pummeled the family, dropping them on the floor.
The family had “significant injuries,” Smith said. They were taken to a hospital and have since been released, he said Wednesday.
Gregory Battle, 18, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, mob action and aggravated battery in a public place. He was released from jail after posting $20,000 bond before his initial court appearance in Lake County on Wednesday. He declined to comment when contacted by the newspaper via social media, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Battle allegedly took part in the assault, but is not believed to have thrown the first punch, Smith told The Post. One of the juvenile teens is believed to have started the assault, he said.
Eight other teen suspects — ages 15 to 17 — received juvenile petitions for mob action and were taken to a juvenile complex center in Vernon Hills, according to the Chicago Tribune.