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A Punch-Up At A Festival

By Marcus Gilmer in Miscellaneous on Aug 11, 2009 3:00PM

Photo by JOE M500
A bizarre incident incident has to come to light: it seems following Sunday night's fest-closing sets at Lollapalooza, a man punched a police horse. According to WBBM, police haven't confirmed it was a festival-related incident, but it did happen outside the fest Sunday night as police were dispersing the crowds.

The horse-puncher, whose name Kilmer did not have available, apparently refused to move or get out of the way as police, including Mounted Unit officers, were trying to assist in crowd control in and around Grant Park.

The man "punched the horse, which caused the horse to become startled and rear up in a crowded event," [police News Affairs Officer Kevin] Kilmer said. "As soon as he (punched the horse) they grabbed him."

We're gonna go out on a limb here and guess the guy had imbibed a few too many Bud Lights. And kudos to WBBM for introducing the phrase "horse-puncher" into our vernacular.

Update: The Tribune reports the alleged puncher is Pablo Fernandez, "a citizen of Mexico without a local address," and that police charged Fernandez with misdemeanor reckless conduct.