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CHICAGO – A 24-year-old man has been charged following an incident at a restaurant in Chicago’s Loop in which several people were sprayed with pepper spray.

Police said officers were patrolling in the 200 block of North Wabash around 1 a.m. Sunday when they saw people running out of the Emerald Loop.

The group of people said they were having trouble breathing. Paramedics were called and the people were treated at the scene.

Police were able to get a description of the person responsible for the spraying of the mace and officers found him nearby. He was taken into custody.

Late Sunday, police announced Nkosi Hampton was charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery. Police said in addition to spraying a chemical into the crowd of customers, Hampton also sprayed two police officers and struck one officers with the can of the spray.

It is unknown at this time what lead up to the incident.