COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A University of Chicago cop rushed to respond to a call for help at a campus Blue Light phone only to have the caller turn on him, according to court records.
Just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, the university police officer got out of his squad car and asked the man, Joshua Marks, standing in the 5400 block of South Kimbark Avenue near a Blue Light phone, placed around campus for students in cases of emergency, according to court records. He could see injuries to the man's face, and started to ask about the "nature of his emergency."
"Marks immediately attacked [the officer], taking him to the ground," the police report states.
Marks allegedly struck the officer in the face several times and attempted to take his weapon before a second cop arrived.
That officer struck Marks in the leg with his baton multiple times, but he would not "stop fighting," according to court records. After the officer doused the man's face with pepper spray, he allegedly ran away and hid in a nearby backyard.
Marks remained in the hospital Wednesday when Cook County Judge Israel Desierto ordered him held on a $150,000 bond.