By Pat Curry
11:17 AM CDT, June 6, 2011
Krzysztof Wilkowski said he was hit so hard by a baseball, it knocked his motor-scooter helmet off.
"The next thing I know is I'm being hit by the helmet, then being dragged into the street," he said this morning.
Police believe Wilkowski was one of the victims of one of four reported mob attacks in the downtown area that resulted in the charging of five youths early today. Police say they were part of a group of about 15 to 20 in their mid-to-late teens who made attacks near or along the lakefront. The problem has been growing there as well as Streeterville, the Gold Coast and the Magnificent Mile.
Wilkowski said he decided to drive downtown from his northwest suburban home because he wanted to get some shoes and "take a ride."
He said he was sitting on his bike, checking his cell phone around 7:30 p.m. on Chicago Avenue just east of Michigan Avenue when he was attacked.
"I couldn't believe it. It was broad daylight outside, there were people around, and this happened," he said. "There were about 20 guys surrounding me. I saw one guy running after the ball, I guess they didn't want to lose it. Then I saw a bunch of people coming after me."
Instead he found himself in the middle of Chicago Avenue trying to kick and punch his way out of trouble.
Wilkowski said he was bruised and scratched but was otherwise all right. He said he didn't hurt anyone either.
"I wasn't going to give them my cell phone," said Wilkowski. "Then I remember fighting only one guy. We were about the same size and wrestling. He had no fighting skills, though, and then they all scattered," he said.
Police responded after the fight was over.
"I went around in a squad car up and down the area, but they (the mob) went in all directions," he said. "I ended up having some food in Bucktown and then got home around midnight."
An insurance broker in the suburbs, Wilkowski joked, "Maybe if I told them to buy some insurance, they would have run off to begin with."