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Police arrest man, break up unruly crowd in Morris

Officers saw Chicago man hit female in intersection

Published: Friday, March 23, 2012 9:32 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 23, 2012 10:41 a.m. CDT

An argument at a downtown bar escalated into a fight that required police to break up a large and unruly crowd that gathered to watch the incident.

Upon arriving to the scene of a disturbance call shortly after midnight early Friday, March 23, Morris police witnessed Michael D. Crowley, 24, of Chicago, strike a female in the intersection of Liberty and Main streets in Morris.

Morris Police Chief Brent Dite said several onlookers then stepped in, apparently to the woman's defense.

Witnesses indicated a verbal argument between patrons began at The Sandlot, 312 Liberty St, and the situation moved to just in front of the bar and in the intersection.

Grundy County deputies assisted Morris police officers in dispersing the crowd of between 20 and 30 people.

The female signed a complaint against Crowley, and he was arrested for battery. He was processed at the Morris Police Department and $150 bond was posted on his behalf.

Both the woman and Crowley refused medical treatment.

A court date was set for Monday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. 

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