The Oak Lawn police were called to the Homestead Barr at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday September 22nd to investigate a fight over a news article that may have chronicled the escapades of the two women or someone they knew on a previous matter.
The police were warned that one of the people involved may have a broken leg.
When the first officer arrived, a female victim met the police in the parking lot at 9306 S. Central Avenue and told the officer had been attacked by another woman in the outside beer garden of the bar.
The woman told the police that another female, identified as Gabrielle Pappas, without provocation, had come up to her several times “shoving a phone in her face”. The victim also claimed that Pappas punched her and that her nose may be broken. Despite this claim, the victim refused treatment.
A witness in the bar said he saw the whole incident. He told the police that Pappas had approached the female victim several times and continuously shoved the cell phone in her face even after being told to stop.
According to the man who witnessed the encounter, the victim slapped the phone out of Pappas’ hand when she refused to stop shoving it into her face. The phone hit the ground and soon the two women were on the ground wrestling before it was broken up by bystanders.
During that dust up, another woman said that she was victimized when the two women were fighting and somehow rolled up on the third woman, who suffered an injury to her leg. The third woman refused treatment from the Oak Lawn Fire Department, which was also sent to the bar. The woman remained at the bar and told the police she would follow up with her doctor the next day.
Pappas left the bar but the officers saw her across the street and they decided to get her side of the story. Pappas allegedly told the officer that she recognized the victim from another news article and pending court case. It was a story about that pending matter that allegedly caused Pappas to shove the phone in the face of the victim to allow her to see the story.
Pappas claimed that the victim became upset and grabbed the cell phone and threw it toward the “fire”. The police couldn’t recognize any signs that the phone was near a fire. Pappas allegedly admitted to police that she pushed the victim after the phone flew toward the fire. Pappas also told police that she did fight with the victim on the ground before it was broken up.
The police issued a village ordinance violation for disorderly conduct to Pappas, a 28 year old white female with a Village of Worth address.