YouTube fight video leads to Elgin arrests
By Janelle Walker For Sun-Times Media September 24, 2013 4:52PM
Updated: October 26, 2013 6:33AM
ELGIN — Police initially couldn’t find the men involved in a fight reported last month outside a liquor store, but recently were able to track down the suspects after a video of the fight was put on YouTube, police said.
Police said officers were called to Villa Liquors, 965 Villa St., about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 by multiple 911 callers reporting a fight in the lot. No one was on scene when officers arrived.
On Aug. 22, an officer spotted a two-minute, 30-second video of the fight on YouTube, and police were able to identify two of the men involved as Aaron Washington, 29, of the 100 block of North Gifford Street, Elgin, and Myron L. Cole Jr., 23, of the 300 block of Walnut Avenue, Elgin, according to reports.
One witness to the fight told police he had put the fight video on the Internet site. Police also were able to use store surveillance video to identify the men, according to officials.
Both men were charged with a Class 4 felony count of mob action/use of force or violence. Bail on the charges was set Tuesday at $30,000 for Washington and at $15,000 for Cole. Both were given Oct. 9 court dates.