Hobart baseball fan charged with putting officer in chokehold

July 11, 2019

A northwestern Indiana man allegedly put a police commander in a chokehold when the officer intervened in a fight among baseball fans who had just returned from a game in Chicago.

Thirty-one-year-old Michael J. Kurek Jr. of Hobart was charged Monday with one count of strangulation and two misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reported that a fight erupted Saturday in Hobart after the fans’ bus returned from a Crosstown Classic game in Chicago between the Cubs and the White Sox.

Hobart police said most of those fans appeared intoxicated.

Kurek allegedly put a chokehold on a police commander who was trying to arrest someone else during that brawl.

Online court records didn’t list an attorney for Kurek. His initial hearing is set for July 22.


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