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Des Plaines man charged with stabbing father

John H. Reardon

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Des Plaines police have charged a 20-year-old man with aggravated domestic battery, saying he is accused of stabbing his 62-year-old father after the two had been drinking and then fighting on New Year's Eve.

John H. Reardon of the 900 block of Rose Avenue in Des Plaines was charged with both aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery to a victim over 60 years of age.


The father was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where police said he was in stable condition Thursday.

Officers received the call of a domestic disturbance at Reardon's home at 9:45 p.m. Dec. 31.

The caller identified himself as John Reardon, who told the dispatcher that he'd been fighting with his dad and stabbed him in the chest, according to police.

When officers arrived, they found Reardon's father in the living room of the home. The father told officers his son had become agitated while they were drinking together.

According to the father's story, his son had begun to physically assault him and pushed him down a flight of stairs, causing him to suffer a laceration on the back of his head.

The father continued to try to get away from Reardon, who then produced a knife and stabbed his father in the upper chest, the father told police.

According to the father, Reardon became emotional after seeing blood coming from the chest wound and tried to treat it himself with pressure. The father then told his son to call for medical assistance, which he did.

Reardon was taken to the Des Plaines police station where police said he made a verbal statement admitting to the actions described by his father.

Reardon appeared before Cook County Judge Marcia Orr Thursday morning. She set bond at $90,000 and ordered Reardon to be monitored by electronic device and to have no contact with his father. He appears next in court Jan. 24.

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