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University of Chicago incident leads to arrest

October 14, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A previous version of this story said the incident took place on the University of Chicago campus. It actually took place half a mile northeast of the main campus quadrangle. 

A man was arrested near the University of Chicago campus early Monday morning after he assaulted a police officer responding to an emergency call, county prosecutors said.

University of Chicago police officers responded to a call from an emergency phone operated by the university at 5428 S. Kimbark Ave. in Hyde Park just before 4 p.m. Monday, prosecutors said. The moment one officer arrived at the location, near Nichols Park, a man allegedly attacked him, according to the police report, taking him to the ground and trying to gain control of his gun.

Joshua Marks, 26, of the 3100 block of South Indiana Avenue, struck the officer in the face multiple times, the report said, and attempted to remove his weapon from its holster.

When other officers arrived to help, the report said, Marks seemed unfazed; one officer struck Marks in the leg with a baton several times, the report said, "with negative results," sprayed him in the face with pepper spray, and commanded him to stop fighting. But he refused to stop.

Officers pursued Marks to a backyard on Kimbark Avenue, the report said, where they arrested him. County prosecutors said it took five officers to place him in custody.

Marks was brought to the University of Chicago Hospital for treatment of his injuries, which included cuts on his face, and later to Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Marks was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon and was ordered held on $150,000 bond.

Update: Marks was the season three runner-up on the cooking competition MasterChef.

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