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Who Sucks Today? People who beat up amusement park mascots.

July 15, 2010

Sun-Times Media Wire

Two Six Flags Great America employees were ejected from the Gurnee theme park Monday afternoon after allegedly attacking a female employee dressed as “Porky Pig.”

Taras Sikalchuk, 20, and Dmytro Petrychenko, 19, took a photo with Porky Pig about 2:20 p.m. Monday at Six Flags Great America in the far north suburb, then punched the mascot in the head 10 to 15 times, Gurnee police said Tuesday.

respect the pig!

Both men are employees of the park and were visiting on their day off, Gurnee police Sgt. Jon Ward said.

Park security detained the men and Gurnee police responded about 4:30 p.m., Ward said.

Sikalchuk and Petrychenko, both of Waukegan, were issued local ordinance citations for battery and were ejected from the park, Ward said.

The suspects denied the attack, but witnesses confirmed the story, police said.

The 24-year-old woman inside the mascot costume suffered headaches and a stiff neck, but did not require hospitalization, Ward said.

The sergeant said the mascots are accompanied by a security guard, and attacks on mascots happen once or twice a year.

A Six Flags Great America spokesperson was not available for comment Tuesday evening.

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