Man accused of running up $950 tab at Tavern on Rush, pushing police officer

A Chicago attorney was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of running up a $950 tab at Tavern on Rush and then pushing a police officer who told him he needed to pay it, county prosecutors said.

Robert Semrad, 46, of the 0-100 block of East Walton Street, was intoxicated at the Gold Coast restaurant, county prosecutors said, and refused to pay the food and bar bill when it arrived.

A restaurant manager called a police officer, who told Semrad he had to pay the bill, but Semrad refused, the police report said, and then pushed the officer in the chest. The officer performed a take-down, but Semrad allegedly continued to resist, "wailing his hands and feet until the officer was able to gain control and perform emergency handcuffing," according to the report.

Semrad was charged with theft, resisting arrest and battery to a police officer.

Semrad was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Wednesday afternoon and ordered held in lieu of $15,000 bond.

"You cannot go to Tavern On Rush," Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas, who was presiding over central bond court, told him. "And that doesn't mean you go next door to Carmine's or anywhere around that area. You stay away from the Triangle."

 

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