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Baseball bat, golf club used in Joliet-area street brawl

JOLIET – Police said ongoing disputes between two groups of teens and young adults led to a street brawl and three arrests Wednesday.

About 4:30 p.m. a 1995 Cadillac DeVille was driving up and down the 3900 block of Pandola Avenue in front of the house where an 18-year-old man lives, according to Will County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer. The resident believed one of the occupants of the vehicle had broken his front window on a prior occasion because he has dated his sister, Hoffmeyer said.

The 18-year-old man, another 18-year-old man, a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy got in a car to follow the Cadillac and get a license plate for the broken window report, Hoffmeyer said.

They lost sight of the vehicle near Raymond and September drives in Plainfield Township, Hoffmeyer said.

“The Cadillac then appeared behind their vehicle, and three occupants jumped out and began attacking the four victims [in the other car],” Hoffmeyer said.

A 17-year-old boy allegedly used a baseball bat to shatter the windshield and strike the 18-year-old driver. Kevin J. Ladson, 20, allegedly used a 20-inch golf club with a rough tip to cut the driver’s arm and back while Derrick J. Price, 21, allegedly punched him with his fists.

The other 18-year-old who had pursued the Cadillac also was struck in the head with the bat, Hoffmeyer said.

Both sheriff’s deputies and Joliet police responded to the incident. Joliet police while investigating encountered Dylan M. Altergott, 20, a relative of one of the victims who also resides on Pandola Avenue.

Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton said Dylan Altergott was taken into custody for charges of assault, domestic abuse and strangulation from New Orleans.

Benton said Thursday that Altergott also has been charged with aggravated battery for a June 19 incident in which he allegedly threw gasoline on a 22-year-old man and set him ablaze because of another ongoing dispute. The victim was treated in the burn unit at Loyola Medical Center.

The Cadillac had left the scene but was spotted about 10 p.m. by sheriff’s deputies at Washington Street and Mississippi Avenue in Joliet, Hoffmeyer said.

Ladson, of the 100 block of Hunter Avenue, and Derrick Price, of the 300 block of East First Avenue, were arrested on charges of aggravated battery and mob action. Ladson was also charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Hoffmeyer said a golf club was found inside the vehicle.

According to jail records, Price was previously arrested after allegedly trying to drive away from Joliet police on July 18. He was charged with aggravated fleeing from police, reckless driving, six counts of disregarding a stop sign, improper lane usage, driving with a suspended license, transporting open liquor and speeding. He was released July 23 after posting $15,000 bond, according to jail records.

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