Ald. David Moore Unhurt After Being Punched on South Side Street

A Chicago alderman was punched early Sunday while investigating complaints of prostitution on the city's South Side, according to his office.

Alderman David Moore of the 17th Ward was returning home after attending to another "incident" in his ward where police were called when he saw a group of people soliciting near 75th Street and Peoria, according to a statement from the alderman's office. The alderman then asked the group to disperse.

When the alderman identified himself, the alleged offenders began to yell and hit him, striking him in the arm, according to the statement.

The group fled the scene when Moore called the police, Moore's office said. 

A 22-year-old man was arrested in the same area after a battery was reported at 3 a.m., a Chicago Police Department representative said. A 49-year-old man told police he was hit after an argument.

The representative did not confirm that Moore was involved in any incident, and did not give the identity of the man who was arrested or say if he was booked on any charges.

Moore said he received a call from a resident complaining about the group earlier Saturday. Residents have complained about prostitution in the area near 75th and Peoria for years, according to Moore.

"In an effort to make the 17th Ward a desirable place to live for everyone, we have to address all unwanted criminal activity," Moore said. "There are no harmless crimes."

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