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Crest Hill man ran onto Wrigley Field during Cubs game

Chicago police arrested 24-year-old for criminal trespassing on a place of public amusement

Joseph W. Confer, 24, Crest Hill
Joseph W. Confer, 24, Crest Hill

A Crest Hill man was arrested and charged after he ran onto Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs game Sunday.

Joseph W. Confer, 24, of the 1600 block of Hosmer Lane, was arrested about 4:18 p.m. after he ran across Wrigley Field while the Chicago Cubs versus Pittsburgh Pirates game was in progress, according to a news release from the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Communications.

Numerous security guards appeared to tackle Confer mid-run. He later was placed into custody and charged with criminal trespassing in a place of public amusement – a felony charge.

Chicago Tribune sportswriter Teddy Greenstein tweeted a video of the event, which shows Confer running in the outfield. The video shows that as Confer was running toward the infield, a security guard appeared to tackle him from behind, taking him down. They quickly were joined by four other security guards. Several other Wrigley guards joined, as players stood and watched.

The video ends before Confer was taken away.

Nick Hausman, with the Twitter handle @WZRebel, also tweeted a video that depicts Confer being taken down and subdued. In this video, fans can be heard cheering and someone in the crowd can be heard saying, “on him like a pack of dogs on a three-legged cat.”

The Cubs would go on to lose to the Pirates, 7-1.

This is not the first time someone from Will County was arrested after running onto a Major League Baseball team’s field during a game.

A Bolingbrook man named Eric Dybas, then 25, was arrested and charged after he ran onto the field during a White Sox game against the Kansas City Royals, at what was then U.S. Cellular Field, and tried to tackle umpire Laz Diaz, according to an Associated Press story on ESPN.com from December 2003.

Royals players overpowered Dybas before he could hurt Diaz and Dybas later pleaded guilty to aggravated battery.

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