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Man Kicks Officer in Groin After Arrest at Wicker Park Bar: Prosecutors

By Emily Morris | November 25, 2013 7:30am
 Daniel J. Pena, 29, of the 4100 block of West Dickens Avenue.
Daniel J. Pena, 29, of the 4100 block of West Dickens Avenue.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man who got into a fight with a Wicker Park bar bouncer escalated matters when he resisted arrest, kicked a cop in his groin and peed on the police station floor early Saturday, according to prosecutors and an arrest report.

Daniel J. Pena, 29, of the 4100 block of West Dickens Avenue in Hermosa, was charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer, aggravated assault of an officer or volunteer, another battery charge, indecent exposure for urinating in public and two other counts related to resisting arrest.

About 3:20 a.m. Saturday, Pena got into a fight with a bouncer at The Flat Iron, 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave., Assistant State's Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos said.

One of the bouncers told cops that Pena was told to leave because he was drunk and causing problems in the bar, according to a police report.

As Pena was being escorted out, he elbowed the bouncer in his ribcage and began flailing his arms, striking the man in his face, the report states.

An officer on the scene told Pena to put his hands behind his back, but he started pulling away and clenching his fists before yelling "I'm going to kick your a--," according to the report.

During the struggle, the cop was taken down to the ground and Pena landed on top of his left hand, Kwilos said. The officer scraped his hand and knuckles on the concrete as he attempted to free himself, Kwilos said.

Another officer arrived to help, and he escorted Pena into a squad car.

As Pena sat down in the back of the car, he lay on his back and kicked the second officer in his groin, Kwilos said.

When he arrived at the police station, Pena continued to be verbally abusive to cops, according to the report. The report also states that Pena peed on the floor of the processing room.

A manager with The Flat Iron said the bar had no comment about the incident.

Judge James Brown set bail for Pena at $50,000.