Man charged in teen girl’s battery has Park Ridge record
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:11AM
PARK RIDGE — Park Ridge Police have arrested a man they say grabbed, struck and tore the clothing of a 16-year-old girl while she was walking down a residential street this week.
Anthony Nugent, 37, whose last known address was on the 8500 block of Catherine in Chicago, was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery in connection with the alleged attack that occurred Aug. 15 on the 900 block of South Home Avenue, two blocks east of the Maine South High School campus.
According to police a teenage girl was walking on the sidewalk about 5 p.m. when she was approached by a man, later identified as Nugent, who began asking her about the musical instrument she was carrying.
Park Ridge Police Cmdr. Jason Leavitt said Nugent began continually questioning the victim as she tried to walk away and he began to raise his voice at her, asking to see the instrument she was carrying. When the girl refused to show it to him, police said Nugent grabbed her and threw her to the ground. The two reportedly struggled and Nugent grabbed and ripped the victim’s shorts before striking her numerous times, police said.
When a witness driving past saw the attack and stopped to call 911, Nugent attempted to leave the area but was found by police officers who took him into custody, the Police Department reported.
The victim sustained some abrasions on the attack and was treated at the scene by paramedics, police said.
In addition to the aggravated-battery charge Nugent was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Bond was initially set at $250,000.
Nugent, who is believed to now be residing at an undisclosed address in Park Ridge, was arrested by Park Ridge police in June after an investigation determined he had allegedly pulled a fire alarm twice inside St. Paul of the Cross Church’s Kinane Center, 215 Ridge Terrace.
Leavitt said Nugent has a “significant” criminal background outside Park Ridge, though details were not available.