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Teen & Dad Suing New Lenox Berkot's, Say Store Workers Roughed Up, Knocked Out Son

The Berkot's crew also lied to the police and the teen spent a weekend in juvenile jail, the lawsuit said.

Employees of the New Lenox Berkot's beat a teen until they knocked him out, then lied to the police and got him locked up in juvenile jail for a weekend, according to a lawsuit filed in Will County court.

The suit brought by Nicholas Brown and his father, David Brown, names Berkot's as the sole defendant.

According to the lawsuit, Nicholas Brown visited the 2141 Calistoga Drive Berkot's on March 9, 2012, and left the store without buying anything.

An employee followed Nicholas Brown and asked him to come back inside, the suit said. Nicholas Brown was escorted to a room and asked to sit down before five employees "pushed, shoved, punched, slapped, grabbed, suffocated, and otherwise battered" him until he "passed out and lost consciousness," the suit said.

To add insult to injury, according to the lawsuit, the Berkot's workers "made false allegations" to New Lenox police officers, telling the law Nicholas Brown "battered each of them in various ways."

Nicholas Brown was then "arrested by the New Lenox Police Department, fingerprinted and held in the custody of the New Lenox Police Department and the Will County Juvenile Detention Facility," and spent a weekend locked up before a prosecutor "dismissed all complaints pending against" him, the suit said.

The store workers allegedly held Nicholas Brown in the store against his will—and then beat him and lied to the police—even though they knew he "had not stolen or converted any merchandise belonging or in the possession" of Berkot's, the suit said.

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Kimberly December 06, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Sorry to be picky, but the photo is not the Berkot's on Calistoga Drive in New Lenox. Wouldn't it have been simple for the NLPD to simply look at the security cameras? Seems kind of odd that multiple employees could batter someone, inside the store and get away with it. Besides, who called the Police? Can't imagine employees doing what the lawsuit claims and then calling Police. Sounds like there is a lot more to this story than being reported.
Jeni Healy December 06, 2013 at 09:34 PM
I have a hard time believing thus and thank goodness the defendants are innocent until PROVEN guilty! I shop regularly at the New Lenox Berkots and have never met a negative person, let alone a GROUP of EMPLOYEES that would come together for the common goal of beating up a customer. I really think this is a big fat lie.
lala December 07, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Someone trying to make a quick buck no doubt.
Sharon Grod December 07, 2013 at 11:48 AM
what????? this doesn't even sound right. why would multiple employees beat up an innocent kid? why would they suffocate him til he passed out? this sounds like something out of a stephen king novel?
Mark Murph December 07, 2013 at 01:11 PM
This story can go both ways. The Browns were beyond bullied in HS all 4 years so i can believe it happened to them. On the other hand they did lie a lot to.
Wayne Vinkavich December 07, 2013 at 07:42 PM
If Berkots doesn't have security cameras throughout the building, my guess is their Insurance Company is going to insist.
mngl December 07, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Yeah this is horse shit. Nick Brown is a rotten kid. This is the kid who put gum in my hair as a freshman in high school because I was gay and then threatened to have his dad sue me when I told him I wanted to kick his ass. Horse. Shit.
Harry Callahan December 08, 2013 at 11:21 AM
@MNLG since you know Nick Brown what race is he,I'm just curious after reading the story and hearing certain events that brought him back in the store.

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