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posted: 12/20/2012 12:20 PM

Man stabbed at Prospect Hts. holiday party

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By Freida Gad
fgad@dailyherald.com

A 29-year-old homeless man is being sought for questioning in connection with the stabbing of a male co-worker inside a Prospect Heights business about 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15, police said.

Officers were dispatched to MVP (Most Valuable Personnel), 65 E. Palatine Road, for an ambulance assist and found the 19-year-old victim lying on the grass on the 500 block of Piper Lane, southeast of the rear entrance to MVP.

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Officers observed multiple apparent stab wounds to his upper body. He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he underwent surgery.

The victim, who also is homeless, is expected to recover. He told his father who he believed had stabbed him and a female witness also identified the suspect, according to police reports.

According to witnesses, the suspect argued with the victim at the top landing at the back door during a holiday party attended by 60-70 people. Witnesses heard a glass bottle break and observed the victim bleeding from the midsection. Several unknown males took the victim down the stairs, out the back door and across the parking lot to a hole in the fence leading to the 500 block of Piper Lane.

According to witnesses, the suspect lives in the forest preserves near Palatine Road and Milwaukee Avenue. Officers searched a man-made shack in the woods, but did not find him or another man who also lives in the shack, police reports said.

An investigation continues; no warrants have been issued.

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