Massive "Wilding" Incident Disrupts Uptown Traffic

Large group of teens create a disturbance in the 1400 block of West Leland

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    8/12/2014: Large group of teens create a disturbance in the 1400 block of West Leland. NBC 5's Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014)

    No one was arrested when police dispersed a large group of teens in what some residents called a “wilding” Monday night in Uptown.

    Residents called police to report a large group of teens causing a “disturbance” in the 1400 block of West Leland about 10 p.m., according to police.

    When officers arrived, the group dispersed without incident and no arrests were made, police said.

    According to the Facebook page Uptown Update, 20-30 teens marched down Leland Avenue between Clark and Racine in a “possible wilding.”

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    The website quoted an unidentified reader as saying: “... I had a group of about 20-30 swarm my car as I slowed to avoid hitting these kids. They started hitting and kicking my car and one of them opened my car door from the outside while another was grabbing at me ... I also saw them assault other drivers, kicking and hitting their cars as they tried, and in some cases succeeded, in opening car doors.”

    But police said there were no reports of damage or injury.

    NBC 5 has learned that the participants were originally at a birthday party for a 15 year old at Chase park.

    Richard Park, who owns a cafe in the area, was relieved that his business did not suffer any damage.

    "I was walking back here, heard a bunch of screaming and saw kids on the corner, but I didn't think nothing of it," Park said.

    “I am working with the police and community members to find out more on what happened last night on Leland,” a statement on Ald. James Cappleman’s web site read.

    “I want to thank the neighbors that called 911 immediately to alert the police. Anyone with property damage please contact the police immediately,” the site said.

    Cappleman said he requested more police to be in the area Tuesday night in case of another incident, and advises residents to call 911 to report anything suspicious.

    He also says he will review the rules for Chase Park.