An 18-year River Forest man is recovering from a severe beating suffered the afternoon of May 4, and three Elmwood Park men remain in Cook County Jail.
Charged with aggravated battery in the case are Michal Godlewski, 19, of the 3100 block of North 76th Ct.; David LaPuma, 19, of the 2700 block of North 74th Ct.; and Julio Guzman, 20, of the 7900 block of W. Sunset Dr. All remain in Cook County Jail in lieu of bond, Godlewski in lieu of $150,000 bond, Guzman and LaPuma in lieu of $180,000 bond.
Deputy Police Chief James O'Shea said the victim required emergency eye surgery at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, but was expected to recover.
O'Shea said police were called to the intersection of Lake Street and Franklin Avenue around 2:40 p.m. May 4, on a report of a man being beaten in the street.
"There was a call of a man being beaten in the middle of the street. One of the callers was an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction," said O'Shea.
The three men fled in a car but were spotted and stopped by police on North Avenue and Harlem minutes later. Witnesses then identified the three men as the assailants.
O'Shea said his detectives and other police agencies are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to the beating.
"We're trying to determine if there's any narcotics connection," he said. "We're looking into the backgrounds of the people we have in custody."
Godlewski was also charged with felony possession of the prescription drug Xanax, as well as possession of cannabis. Guzman was charged on an outstanding River Forest arrest warrant for possession of cannabis.
O'Shea added that whatever those circumstances were, his department would not tolerate such violence on village streets. He suggested the incident could have been more serious if not for the intercession of the off-duty officer.
"If it wasn't for him stopping and yelling at the guys to stop, they probably would have kept beating the victim," O'Shea said.
The victim, he said, has been released from the hospital and "is doing well."
Answer Book 2019
To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.
Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.
|Submit Letter To The Editor|
|Place a Classified Ad|