9 Arrested at Six Flags "Assault"


9 arrested after attack at Six Flags Great America, leaves family hospitalized.

Always awful to hear about a day gone wrong at an amusement park, and it seems an upset family about line jumping crossed-paths with the wrong crowd. Most likely something was said about a larger group joining someone that was already in line, only this time the larger group seemed to attack the person, and his/her family, who said something.

GURNEE, Ill. — Suburban Illinois police are asking for witnesses to speak out after an attack at Six Flags left a family hospitalized.

The Lake County News Sun reports three family members were attacked by a group of nine people – one adult and eight teens – Saturday night around 9 p.m. during Fright Fest.

Gurnee police told The Lake County News Sun the attack happened “after members of the larger group apparently cut in line and were using foul language when the family exchanged words with them.”

Police say the family, a 51-year-old man, a 50-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the altercation began with a discussion, and then the suspects allegedly hit the 12-year-old. The father tried to pull the attacker off his son and was knocked to the ground. Then, the group, “surrounded him and hit him with punches and kicks,” The Lake County News Sun reports.

The wife tried to help her husband and son, and was also attacked.

“It did not appear that anyone immediately came to their aid, but numerous people reached out to Six Flags employees as well as calling 911 to get them help,” police told the paper.

Police arrested the nine suspects, who range in age from 15 to 18. Police are asking for any more witnesses to contact them.

“We urge anyone with video information to come forward,” Gurnee police officer Daniel Ruth said. Footage from the parks’ security cameras has been “inconclusive,” police told The Lake County News Sun.

“We believe there were more witnesses that did not come forward, and any video would be useful to the investigation,” Ruth said. “We urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward and make a statement.” -fox4kc.com/

What terrible news. Just totally shocking that a group of teenagers would do anything to a younger child with family around. It's revolting and distasteful. Not much more to say, theme parks are a place where generations should be coming together to enjoy their day of fun.

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