Naked Man Choked Cop on Chicago Ave., Prosecutors Say

By Erin Meyer on April 19, 2013 6:22am | Updated on April 19, 2013 8:17am

 Christian Poole, 24, of the 4900 block of West Walton Street, allegedly was running around nude, harrassing drivers on West Chicago Avenue Wednesday.
Christian Poole, 24, of the 4900 block of West Walton Street, allegedly was running around nude, harrassing drivers on West Chicago Avenue Wednesday.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Christian Poole appeared in court Thursday fully clothed. But when officers found the Ceasefire volunteer punching the windows of passing cars on Chicago Avenue "he was really naked," prosecutors said.

People in the 5700 block of West Chicago Avenue waved police down Wednesday afternoon to report a naked man standing in the middle of the street and yelling at passersby as he pounded on their car windows, according to court documents.

He reportedly stepped in front of a CTA bus, forcing the driver to swerve out of the way.

Poole, 24, allegedly ignored the officers' commands, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto. When one of the police approached, Poole started swinging, they said. He allegedly grabbed one of the officers by the neck, choking him, Scaduto said.

Poole — who has a tattoo of the phrase "Work Hard Play Hard" on his chest — faces charges of aggravated battery to a police officer, resisting arrest and reckless conduct. He has served prison time for manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, according to court records.

Poole, who was discharged from parole on Feb. 29, volunteers for Ceasefire, a Chicago violence prevention initiative, his attorney said.

Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Poole held on $60,000 bond Thursday.

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