An Oak Lawn man, who allegedly pepper sprayed two security officers at Christ Hospital on January 12th, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery but those charges could be upgraded to felonies.
The police found Demetrius Jacobs at a nearby 7-11. He told the officers that he was leaving the hospital when he pepper sprayed the ground in front of two public safety officers and then allegedly disposed of the can of pepper spray into a nearby garbage receptacle
The two officers told a different story alleging that they asked Jacobs to leave the hospital after he had been discharged. The officers were escorting him out of the building through the emergency room entrance when they alleged he pulled out a can of pepper spray and sprayed the two officers in the face.
The two men refused medical treatment but the arresting officers noted that each had blood shot eyes. A can of pepper spray was recovered.
The State’s Attorney is reportedly reviewing video of the incident to determine if the misdemeanor charges should be upgraded to felony charges. Jacobs is a 25 year old black male with an Oak Lawn address.