J-1 group trashed house and threatened locals
A GROUP of Irish students destroyed a property and terrorised neighbours all summer in Chicago, according to local reports in the US.
Initially thought to be an Irish soccer team, it is now believed that the group were students living in the city on J-1 visas.
Two news outlets in Chicago – NBC 5 and DNAinfo – have reported that a group of between 15 and 20 Irish students destroyed the property and terrorised neighbours in the Logan
Square area of the city. Videos taken by neighbours show smashed windows, broken furniture and the students being aggressive towards neighbours. In one incident, a man was threatened with a brick. David Beltran, who lived beside the Irish students, told local media about the devastation caused. ‘They threw an air conditioner through the window and there was glass all over the sidewalk. They were loud, obnoxious and there was trash everywhere,’ he told NBC Chicago.
Speaking to US news website DNAinfo, Mr Beltran said living beside the house had become intimidating. ‘It’s just awful seeing like 12 people there drinking, being obnoxiously loud... piles of trash. It’s not a welcoming feeling.
‘It’s really scary when you see 12 people being violent in your neighbourhood. Whether it’s just fooling around or actual intent to destroy something, you get the same feeling, which is, “Something’s not right.”’
Last week police were called to the property after receiving reports related to trespassing and criminal damage. However no arrests were made. The owner of the property, Joseph Kiferbaum, has reportedly apologised to neighbours for the disturbances.
The Chicago house DESTROYED: