5 released from custody following SWAT standoff in South Loop

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO — Chicago police arrested five people after an incident involving the SWAT team Tuesday in the South Loop. They were released a short time later.

According to police, SWAT responded to a commercial building in the 1400 block of South Michigan Avenue at approximately 1:40 a.m.

A group of people were having a gathering in one of the rooms inside the building’s third floor.

Someone inside the room called police after stating they observed people with guns outside the door.

According to police, five people who were armed forced their way into the gathering. A 30-year-old man who was hosting the event was pistol whipped and held against his will along with a 38-year-old man.

Police said over a dozen witnesses left the building using a back fire escape.

Around 7:30 a.m. following a standoff with the SWAT team, five people were placed into custody. Two of the people were transported to the hospital in good condition, treated and turned over to police.

Police said the five people were released because the victims did not want to press charges. The two victims refused treatment at the scene.

No guns were recovered at the scene. 

Michigan Avenue was closed between 14th Street and 16th Street for several hours. It has since reopened.

Area Three Detectives are investigating

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