Bar Worker Escapes Handcuffs, Hurts 2 Naperville Cops

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Israel Alcantar-Abrego faces deportation proceedings

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    Naperville Police Department
    Israel Alcantar Abrego

    An employee of a popular west suburban Naperville bar was jailed Thursday night after he allegedly punched his manager and then slightly injured two Naperville police officers after escaping from the handcuffs in which they had secured him.

    Israel Alcantar-Abrego, 24, of Aurora, He faces trial on charges of aggravated battery of a peace officer, resisting or obstructing a police officer and battery, according to police and DuPage County Circuit Court records. He was put in the DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, ordered held on $50,000 bail.

    Additionally, officials of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have placed a “no bond” hold on Alcantar-Abrego. He reportedly faces deportation proceedings.

    Alcantar-Abrego was arrested about 12:01 a.m. Sunday, after allegedly causing a disturbance at Potter’s Place, at 29 W. Jefferson Ave., the Naperville Sun reported Thursday.

    Naperville police Sgt. Bill Davis said officers who were already working in the downtown area at that hour were sent to the rear of the restaurant to investigate a report of a fight there. They found the bar manager and Alcantar-Abrego outside the building.

    The manager told police that Alcantar-Abrego was one of his employees and that he had arrived at work drunk.

    Alcantar-Abrego "was asked to leave the business several times, (but) became quarrelsome and refused" to do so, Davis wrote Thursday in an email.

    "Alcantar-Abrego then punched the manager in the face with (his) closed fist several times, before he was subdued by other staff," Davis said. Police then placed him under arrest and put him on the back seat of a squad car, for transport to the police station.

    "While en route to the police department, he was able to remove his handcuffs," Davis said of Alcantar-Abrego. "The officers had to stop and re-secure the handcuffs" on him, he said.

    Alcantar-Abrego allegedly resisted being handcuffed again "and struggled with the officers," Davis said. "As a result, one officer received a minor scratch on his arm, and a police detention officer received a minor injury to his right knee."

    Davis added neither officer required hospitalization or other medical treatment.

    Alcantar-Abrego’s police photograph depicted him wearing a red T-shirt embossed with the Potter’s Place logo.

    An examination of court documents indicated Alcantar-Abrego has no criminal record in DuPage, Kane and Will counties. A preliminary court hearing was set for Tuesday, July 29.