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updated: 7/22/2014 2:19 PM

Palatine man accused of punching 26-year-old outside bar

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  • Michael G. Platt

    Michael G. Platt


A Palatine man accused of punching a 26-year-old Palatine man outside a downtown bar, leaving him critically injured, faces a felony aggravated battery charge, police said.

Michael G. Platt, 35, of 235 W. Wilson St., was arrested at another, nearby bar shortly after the attack Friday night, police said.

A Cook County judge set his bail at $75,000 Monday and he was released later that day after posting a bond of 10 percent.

Officers were called about 11:30 p.m. Friday on a report of an injured, unconscious man on the sidewalk after an argument outside a bar on the 0-100 block of N. Bothwell Street.

Police found the man lying on the ground, bleeding from the head, according to a department news release.

Witnesses told police another man walked up to him and punched him once in the side of the face, according to the news release. The man fell back and struck his head on the concrete sidewalk.

He remains in critical condition at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. The man is still unable to give any statements about his account of the attack, Palatine police Cmdr. Michael Seebacher said Tuesday.

Witnesses also gave police a detailed description of the assailant, who left the area before officers arrived.

Police found Platt 30 minutes later and questioned him inside the second bar.

He is due back in court 10:30 a.m. Aug. 14, in the Cook County circuit court branch in Rolling Meadows.

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