J-1 group trashed house and threat­ened lo­cals

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT - By Craig Hughes

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:

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