Tinley Cops Arrest Reported Rabble-Rousers After Beer Garden Scuffle

Verbal altercation turns physical, leads to two arrests.

Cops found themselves in a Tinley Park beer garden last week after getting a call about a man who was asking patrons to "take their shirts off and was laying on the concrete patio, near the window to the bar, rolling around and kicking," according to a police report.

A woman at the Tinley Park Bowling Lanes on 183rd Street threw a piece of ice at the 31-year-old man around 10:40 p.m. on June 29, according to the report. Police learned the man was Sam T. Trevino, of the 7500 block of Woodlawn Drive in Frankfort. The ice tosser said she was trying to get his attention so she could tell him to stop drinking.

"Trevino became highly irate and got involved in a verbal altercation …" police said.

Among those throwing her hat in the ring was Melissa L. Townsend, 26, whose address is the same as Trevino's.

Three men who worked at the bowling alley then asked Trevino to leave, the report said.

"Townsend began to poke (one of the employees) with her finger in his face and chest … multiple times as she yelled at him," the report said.

When the employee asked her to stop, Trevino tried to punch the other two employees, the report said. One of the employees grabbed Trevino’s arm and restrained him until the cops rolled up, according to police.

Trevino was arrested and charged with two counts of assault and one count of criminal damage to property. Townsend, too, was arrested. She faces one battery charge.

Police said Trevino was verbally abusive toward officers and peed in his holding cell, according to the report. Asked why he didn't request use of the bathroom, police said he responded, "I thought (urinating) in the floor drain was OK."

Bail for both rabble-rousers was set at $1,000.


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