Two Highland Park men face multiple charges following an Aug. 24 midnight fracas at CJ Arthur’s Restaurant, in downtown Wilmette.
Victor Rojas, 26, and Ricardo Toledo, 24, both of 1991 2nd St. in Highland Park, are scheduled to appear Sept. 26 in Cook County Court in Skokie. Rojas faces charges of battery, criminal damage to property and obstructing and resisting a police officer, and Toledo is charged with criminal damage to property.
The owner of CJ Arthur’s told police that the incident began shortly before 1 a.m., when about seven employees of the nearby Depot Nuevo restaurant came into CJ Arthur’s, 1168 Wilmette Ave., after getting off work.
When he told them the restaurant was closing and could no longer serve alcohol, four members of the group promptly left. Three stayed briefly, left for a few minutes, then walked back in and began to argue with the owner when he again told them to leave.
Police reported that at that point, Rojas allegedly hit another man who was also trying to convince the group to leave, punching him in the face.
Although things temporarily calmed down, and the three men once again went outside, the fight boiled over a second time when they returned. At that point Toledo reportedly fell against a table and broke one of its legs.
Finally, the restaurant owner said he was calling police, and the three men left, police said. Toledo and Rojas left out the front; the third unidentified man left through a back door, but stopped to pound on, and break, a sink counter top before doing so.
Police who responded to the incident searched and found Toledo on 12th Street north of Central Avenue. Rojas was located on the west side of the train tracks on the 700 block of Green Bay Road. He refused to be handcuffed, and police had to use force to take him into custody.