As Oak Lawn’s KMart was closing at 10 p.m. on August 8th, an announcement told all shoppers that KMart was closing for the night and to finish their shopping and bring the purchases to the register.
Two Oak Lawn men, identified as Jerome Dumas Jr. and Cortrell Rush, didn’t leave and an employee personally made the request again. Both men again refused to leave, allegedly claiming that the employee was making them leave because they were “black”.
Dumas and Rush began arguing with the employee and then Dumas allegedly began punching the employee. According to the report, Dumas landed several punches causing the employee’s mouth to bleed and causing swelling in his face. The employee believed both men were intoxicated but Rush was able to pull Dumas away from administering a beating on the employee and the two men allegedly fled the store.
The police arrived shortly thereafter and found two men matching the description of Dumas and Rush in the parking lot. The police officer apparently startled the fighter and Dumas began running. The officers caught Dumas and then he allegedly made it difficult for the officers to place handcuffs on him by reportedly flexing and pulling his arms.
Dumas was identified by the victim as the one throwing punches. He was charged with battery and criminal trespass to real property. Rush, who did not throw any punches, was charged with criminal trespass to real property.
Dumas, a 22 year old black male, provided an address in Oak Lawn to police. Rush, a 23 year old black male, also provided another address in Oak Lawn as his residence.
The victim employee was treated at the scene by the Oak Lawn paramedics. He refused to be transported to the hospital. The court date for the pair is set for Tuesday September 5, 2017, which is one day after Labor Day, which honors American workers.