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Cubs fans accused of beating White Sox fan

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Posted: 7/29/2008 12:22 AM

Cubs fans accused of beating White Sox fan 


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Cubs fans accused of beating White Sox fan
The Associated Press

July 28, 2008, 8:31 PM CDT

HUNTLEY, Ill. -- McHenry County authorities say three Chicago Cubs fans face felony battery charges after allegedly beating a Chicago White Sox fan so badly he lost his right eye.

The men are accused of beating 32-year-old Robert Steele of Gurnee during a 2-year-old girl's Sesame Street-themed birthday party.

Police said Monday the men were drinking alcohol at the July 19th party and taunting Steele.

They say Steele was kicked in the head and his nose was broken. He stayed several days at an Elgin hospital.

Thirty-one-year-old Jaroslaw Czapla, 37-year-old Boguslaw Czapla and 33-year-old Maciej Trojnar face mob action and aggravated battery charges.

Jaroslaw Czapla's number is unlisted. There were no listings for Boguslaw Czapla or Trojnar

 

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Posted: 7/29/2008 1:31 PM

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Cubs fans drinking? NO WAY.
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Posted: 7/31/2008 1:04 AM

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Another version...

Fan unfriendly
CUBS VS. SOX | Hours of ribbing allegedly escalates into attack, costing man an eye

July 30, 2008

BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter/drozek@suntimes.com

Friendly bantering between three Cubs fans and a White Sox fan at a child's birthday party turned nasty, then allegedly erupted into a brutal beating that cost a 32-year-old Gurnee man his right eye.

Sox fan Robert Steele's eye was damaged beyond repair when an attacker wearing steel-toed boots kicked him in the face during the 2-year-old's birthday party, authorities said Tuesday. Steele also suffered a broken nose and fractured orbital bone in the July 19 attack in northwest suburban Huntley, officials said.
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(Left) Jaroslaw Czapla, 31, was charged with felony mob action and battery, a misdemeanor. (Right) Boguslaw Czapla, 37, is accused of kicking Steele in the face and faces charges of aggravated battery and mob action.
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"It was a terrible, terrible beating," McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi said.

Three Cubs fans have been charged with felonies for allegedly attacking Steele about 10:45 p.m. after hours of good-natured ribbing about his baseball preferences became heated, Huntley Deputy Police Chief Todd Fulton said.

"It started earlier with some friendly joking about the Cubs and Sox rivalry," Fulton said. "Then it got more personal."

The atmosphere turned ugly after the Cub fans allegedly taunted Steele that Sox fans had missing teeth.

"It escalated through the night," Fulton said, adding all four men apparently were drinking alcohol during the gathering. Steele knew his alleged attackers before the party, Fulton said.

Steele's fiancee told the Northwest Herald that he planned to leave the gathering earlier in the evening but was urged by the men to stay.

"We were going to leave, but they convinced us that they were just joking around," said his fiancee, April Bieze.
One suspect being sought

Steele was hospitalized for several days following the beating -- and because of his injuries he still isn't comfortable looking at himself in the mirror, he told the suburban newspaper.

"I don't look in the mirror," Steele said. "I don't want that to affect me, to see myself like that."

He likely will need additional surgeries to repair his facial injuries and still has to be fitted with a glass eye.

Two men charged in the attack made brief court appearances Tuesday, but their cases were continued until next month.

The man accused of kicking Steele in the face, 37-year-old Boguslaw Czapla of Elmwood Park, faces charges of aggravated battery and mob action. He could receive a 5-year prison term if convicted of aggravated battery.

His brother, 31-year-old Jaroslaw Czapla of Huntley, was charged with felony mob action and battery, a misdemeanor. The party was at Czapla's home, officials said.

Both men are free on bond.

The third man, 33-year-old Maciej Trojnar of Elmwood Park, is being sought on charges of mob action and battery. He remained at large Tuesday.

Contributing: Associated Press

 

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Posted: 8/2/2008 11:09 PM

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White Sox to host injured fan
By TOM MUSICK - tmusick@nwherald.com

HUNTLEY – The White Sox reached out this week to a fan who lost his right eye after a party that started with baseball taunts and led to personal insults and violence.

Robert Steele of Gurnee and his fiancée, April Bieze, will be the team’s guests at a game of their choice later this season, White Sox spokesman Lou Hernandez said Thursday.

Steele, 32, lost his right eye after he was kicked in the head with a steel-toed boot July 19, police said. Three Cubs fans have been charged in connection with the beating, which police said started with jeers about Steele’s allegiance to the White Sox.

The attack occurred after a 2-year-old’s Sesame Street-themed birthday party on Cape Cod Lane, where the men had been drinking throughout the evening, police said.

“We just wanted to offer Robert and April our thoughts and let them know that we’re pulling for Robert to make it through this difficult time and come out well,” Hernandez said.

Police charged Boguslaw Czapla, 37, of Elmwood Park, with aggravated battery and mob action in connection with the attack. Czapla’s brother, 31-year-old Jaroslaw Czapla of Huntley, was charged with battery and mob action.

A third man, 33-year-old Maciej Trojnar of Elmwood Park, remained at large Thursday with a warrant issued for his arrest on charges of battery and mob action, Huntley Deputy Police Chief Todd Fulton said.

Bieze said she and Steele were surprised by the White Sox organization’s offer to host them at a game. They accepted the offer but will wait for Steele to recover further before selecting a date, she said.

“It felt really good,” Bieze said. “It was nice.”

The family has set up a fund to help cover expenses while Steele is unable to work. Those interested may donate to the Robert S. Steele Fund at any Fifth Third Bank or may mail a check to the Robert S. Steele Fund, care of Michelle Lynch, Fifth Third Bank, 4840 Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL 60031.

 

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