Three family members were attacked by nine people Saturday at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, police say.
According to police, the family, a 51-year-old man, a 50-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy, were hospitalized after the fight.
The family was at Fright Fest at the amusement park in northern Illinois when the group, eight teens and one adult, cut them in line. Police said the attack happened when the group “were using foul language when the family exchanged words with them,” according to WGN news.
The suspects hit the 12-year-old boy and his father intervened, trying to pull attackers off his son, police said. The man was knocked to the ground and the group surrounded the man “and hit him with punches and kicks,” police told The Lake County News Sun.
The wife attempted to help her family and was attacked by the group as well, police said.
“It did not appear that anyone immediately came to their aid, but numerous people reached out to Six Flags employees, as well as calling 911 to get them help,” police told the The Lake County News Sun.
The family was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, WGN reported.
Police arrested Gregory Battle, 18, from Waukegan, who was being held on $20,000 bail as of Wednesday on charges of aggravated battery, mob action and aggravated battery in a public place, police told The Lake County News Sun.
The eight juveniles, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were taken to a juvenile center in Vernon Hills, according to The Lake County News Sun.