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Ex-officer charged in Andersonville incident
2019-05-07

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Eric Elkins—a now-retired Chicago police sergeant who was under investigation and who had a history of sexual-abuse allegations—is among two people charged in an Andersonville aggravated-battery incident that took place Sept. 29, 2018.

Windy City Times reported last year that gay couple John Sherwood and Tomasz Stacha were suing Elkins and Oak Park Police Department officer Dwayne Jones as well as Jeffrey Rodriguez and Giovanni Rodriguez ( listed as Jones' friends, according to an OakPark.com item ) after reportedly being attacked by the group at the nightspot @mosphere.

Now, according to a Chicago Police Department press release, Elkins ( listed a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida ) and Giovanni Rodriguez ( of Chicago ) have been charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery/great bodily harm as well as one felony count of aggravated battery in a public place.

The press release's narrative stated that, in September 2018, Elkins and Giovanni were involved in an argument with three male adults inside an establishment located in the 5300 block of North Clark Street. Elkins, Giovanni and the victims exited the establishment and were involved in a fight on the sidewalk. The three male victims were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Elkins and Giovanni were placed in custody May 6 after turning themselves into the Bureau of Detectives-Area North. They are scheduled to appear at Central Bond Court, 2600 S. California Ave., on May 7.


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