Cops Charge Third Man in Crow's Nest Gunfight

One of two men hospitalized with a bullet wound following last week's shootout at a Center Street bar is now in jail.

First Nathan Bailey went to the hospital with a bullet wound to his leg. Now he's in for allegedly touching off the wild melee and gunfight that got him shot in the first place, said.

Bailey, 33, of 716 Oneida St. was arrested at his home about 4:30 p.m. Monday and charged with felony mob action. He is being held at the Will County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Bailey is the third man to have been charged in connection with a chaotic episode in the bar on July 2, and according to police, he was the one to set it all off.

When he was arrested, Bailey told police he and others headed over to the 1400 N. Center St. bar to confront some men who had beaten him up about a month prior, said Police Chief Mike Trafton.

The men Bailey went to confront belong to a rival gang, Trafton said, and the dispute escalated to the point that chairs were thrown, guns were pulled, and shots were fired.

Bailey told police that he and his associates "didn't realize it was going to get out of hand like that," Trafton said.

Two men, including Bailey, took bullets during the fray and were treated at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center.

Another two men were charged with letting shots fly during the fight. One of those men, 31-year-old Jose Reyes of 1624 E. Washington St., has been captured. The other, 20-year-old Reginald Rogers, is still on the loose.

And Trafton said many more arrests were in the works.

"We have excellent video (of the fight) and we're going to arrest everyone in that video," the chief said.

"We're not going to put up with that," he said.

Flora Dora July 10, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Arrest them all !,
John Roberts July 11, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Only one that should be arrested is the person that started it..even if they are not foid card holders because in reality it is just a piece of paper..if those men shot back in self defense and did not pull their guns first nor were committing any crime then leave them alone....probably the only thing that stopped this guy from going further than just pulling his gun is the other men were armed to his surprise...Now Billy Bad A$$ will know next time just like in CCW states you don't go pulling your gun unless it is for self defense..because everyone is just as tired of crap and just as ready to shoot back weather card holder or not.....bullets are bullets and shooting back is a right.....better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission
John Roberts July 11, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6... I would of shot back at any one pulling a gun or firing at me..life is life and ya better protect it because no one else is going to


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