Evanston Police say they had to use a Taser to subdue a 16-year-old yesterday after he violently resisted police officers who were questioning him in connection with a recent theft.
A 14-year-old boy whose skateboard was stolen near Mason Park on Tuesday approached police officers while they were on patrol around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, saying he saw the person who stole his board, according to a press release from the police department.
The 14-year-old pointed to the person who he suspected of stealing his skateboard, and police approached the suspect. The suspect, a 16-year-old boy from Evanston, “immediately began to fight with officers” as they tried to ask him about the theft, police said.
The boy hit two different police officers and resisted police violently as they attempted to handcuff him, according to the release. Police said that one officer had to use a Taser “as a result of the juvenile offender’s violent reaction.”
The boy was transported to a local hospital for an exam, then released to police, who transported him to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, according to the press release. He is charged with theft, two counts of aggravated battery to police and resisting arrest.
One police officer was also taken to a local hospital for examination because the boy hit him in the head, according to the press release. He was released without serious injury.