Man whipped by belt


A heavily intoxicated man told paramedics an unidentified man struck him with a belt after calling emergency responders for an unrelated medical issue Halloween, police say.

The victim was picked up about 10:26 p.m. on the corner of Washington and Princess streets and transported to a local hospital. Authorities were called in after the man claimed he also was the victim of an assault, said Jody Donaldson, department spokesman. 

He suffered minor injuries and did not give authorities any further information about the assault, officials said. 
Cab driver assaulted

A taxi cab driver suffered minor injuries after two black men one a passenger   assaulted him and fled with his cell phone about 1:44 a.m. October 31.  

Dropping his passenger off on the 100 block of N. Ripley St., the cab driver was approached by an unidentified man claiming he wanted to pay for the fare. Suspicious, the driver exited the cab, police said.

As he got out the unidentified man punched him in the side of the head, sparking a scuffle, said department spokesman Jody Donaldson. While the two men fought, the cab driver dropped his cell phone. The passenger, now also outside the cab, grabbed the phone and both suspects fled, Donaldson said. 

Authorities describe the first suspect as a light skinned black man, 17 to 20 years old, about 5-foot-6, 140 to 150 pounds and wearing a black nylon jacket and brown stocking cap. The passenger is described as a heavyset black man of the same estimated age and height wearing a black hooded jacket, police said.