Fight At North Riverside Mall Results In Felony Charges

Thursday, May 9, 2019 || By Bob Uphues/Riverside-Brookfield Landmark || @maywoodnews

Three men face felony charges stemming from a melee inside the Round One entertainment complex at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on May 4 at about 5:50 p.m.

The fight drew a heavy police response, and Round One was shut down that evening as police investigated the incident.

Charged with felony criminal damage to property were Rafael Ramos Jr., 29, of Berwyn, and Terry Barber, 31, of Chicago, who were the two principal combatants in the fight, according to police. Barber was also charged with two counts of battery and one count of disorderly conduct. 

Ramos, meanwhile, was charged with mob action, battery, disorderly conduct and two counts of violating the state’s concealed carry act.

Ramos, according to police, was a carrying a tan Glock 19X handgun on his person inside Round One. During the fight, the gun reportedly tumbled to the floor, where it was picked up and handed to Tyshawn Jones, a member of Ramos’ party.

Police charged Jones, 20, of Brookfield, with felony unlawful use of a weapon, mob action and disorderly conduct. Jones allegedly was in possession of the handgun outside of the mall, where he was detained when police arrived at the scene.

According to police, Ramos, Jones and three others had been drinking at a Berwyn restaurant before going to Round One. Ramos and at least one other member of his party reportedly admitted being intoxicated when they arrived at Round One.

Ramos reportedly told police he was standing near the cash register with a pitcher of beer in his hand when he accidentally bumped into a woman. Both Ramos and the woman stated that Ramos had apologized, but the woman’s boyfriend, Barber, confronted Ramos, who responded by allegedly throwing the pitcher of beer into his face.

At that, the fight was on. Barber allegedly shoved Ramos into a “Tons of Tickets” amusement game, knocking it over and nearly on top of a child. The machine, valued at about $6,400, made a loud “bang” when it hit the ground, apparently causing some to report that shots had been fired, though that was not the case, according to police.

During the scuffle, which involved several men, the handgun fell from Ramos’ person. It was picked up by one man who could been seen on surveillance video, police reported, brandishing the weapon and trying to strike people with it. That man also reportedly dropped the gun once or twice before handing it to Jones, who ran out of Round One through the west entrance before being stopped by police. VFP

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