Palatine men accused of using skateboard, fists in attack

Updated 10/20/2017 5:16 PM
  • Anthony Branss

    Anthony Branss

  • Jorge Rodriguez

    Jorge Rodriguez

  • Gabriel Garcia

    Gabriel Garcia

Palatine police say a 59-year-old man was recovering Friday from injuries he suffered after three attackers hit him with a skateboard and punched him several times.

Police Cmdr. William Nord said officers were summoned to the 1000 block of North Claremont Drive about 3:30 a.m. Thursday on a battery report. Authorities found the man with what appeared to be injuries to his head and face.

Anthony Branss, 20, of the 1000 block of North Claremont, and 18-year-old Jorge Rodriguez of the 2100 block of North Oak Brook Circle each were charged with aggravated battery and residential burglary. Gabriel Garcia, 20, of the 0-100 block of Dundee Quarter, was charged with aggravated battery.

Bail for each suspect was set at $50,000, and all three are to appear Nov. 17 at the Rolling Meadows courthouse

Police said the victim told them he was watching television in his house when he noticed several shadows of people walking past his front window. He went outside and confronted three men and asked if they lived in the area, authorities said.

After one man shouted profanities, he aggressively approached the victim. Fearful of being hit, the victim grabbed the man and pulled his shirt over his head, according to authorities.

The suspect then yelled to his two friends to hit the victim, police said. The victim was beaten with the skateboard and punched several time, authorities said.

When the victim fell to the ground, one man climbed on him and tried to choke him, according to police. One of the suspects ran into the man's house and took a purse belonging to the victim's wife, authorities said. The purse was recovered by Palatine police.

Police said the victim was in stable condition and recovering at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

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