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Alleged attackers, victim talk about Lakeview beating

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Four men who got out of a white stretch limo in Wrigleyville and began beating people were filming a rap video and had been taunted by passersby with racial slurs, their relatives said Monday.

Prosecutors, however, contend the four began beating people early Sunday morning in the 3400 block of Sheffield "for no apparent reason." Police say four people were hurt, including a police officer who suffered an injured knee, and a man who had his jaw broken in the melee, police said.

The man with the broken jaw, 27-year-old Kyle Schacke, told Fox Chicago News he doesn't remember much about what happend. He said he had just left a club on Clark Street and was standing outside waiting for friends when he got cold-cocked.

"My teeth got pushed back. I actually don't remember, because when I got knocked out, they have it on tape or something, they said I was texting on my phone looking down trying to find where my friends were because they left before me. And when I looked up and I got sucker-punched in the face."

Schacke says he blacked out after hitting the sidewalk and cracking his head. He woke up seven hours later in the hospital.

Relatives of the alleged attackers tell a different story. They claim the video being shot by the men will prove that they were being taunted. One relative claimed someone grabbed one of the men before the beatings. The men had borrowed the limo from a friend to film the video - and had chosen Wrigleyville for a "celebratory shot."

The four were charged early Monday with beatings that left four injured - including a police officer.

Corry Simmons, 32, of the 1800 block of South Ridgeway Avenue, is accused of hitting Schacke. Simmons was charged with four felonies, including mob action and aggravated battery, police said. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of resisting a peace officer.

Donald Robinson Jr., 31, also of the 1800 block of South Ridgeway Avenue, was charged with a total of three felony counts of mob action and aggravated battery, police said.

Edward Robinson, of the 1800 block of South Springfield Avenue, was charged with felony counts of mob action and aggravated battery, police said. He is Donald Robinson's cousin.

Alvin L. Goffin was charged with one felony count of mob action, police said.

The brother of Edward Robinson, Kelly Smith, tells Fox Chicago News, "My brother was trying to stop the fight. It was five guys on top of him, so if there were only three guys that were injured, how do explain four or five guys on top of him, and other guys were still fighting other guys?"

The Robinsons - both out on parole - and Simmons were ordered held on $400,000 bond each. Goffin was ordered held on $250,000.

Witnesses told police the attackers got out of the limo and began battering people standing nearby on the street, O'Brien said. Witnesses said other people left in the limo were filming the attackers as they punched the victims.

The four men were arrested when witnesses pointed them out to police near the scene of the attack, O'Brien said. One man got into a scuffle with police as he was taken into custody, and an officer suffered a minor injury to his knee.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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