Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Two charged with beating, stomping Near North bar-goer

Cameron Polk (L); Jahary Ricks (R) and the approximate location of the alleged attack. | CPD; Multiplottr
Charges have been filed in connection with the violent beating of a Near North bar patron last week and new details about the victim’s injuries have been released.

Cameron Polk, 26, of Garfield Park and 26-year-old Jahary Ricks of Auburn Gresham are each charged with one felony count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm for their alleged roles in the attack that unfolded in the 1100 block of North Dearborn at 4:40 a.m. on Feb. 17.

Prosecutors said Polk and Ricks struck a 26-year-old Naperville man in the head from behind until he fell to the ground at 1141 North Dearborn. The two continued to hit and kick the man in the head using their fists and feet, causing “substantial injuries.” Multiple 911 callers reported that six men were “stomping” and “kicking” a man who was on the ground.

Police previously said that the victim had been followed by a group of men from a nearby bar where a verbal dispute had taken place.

The victim suffered blunt trauma, a broken orbital socket, a possible broken nose, and a fractured jaw, according to a police report. He was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was to be treated by a facial trauma specialist, police said.

Evidence technicians collected the shoes and clothing that Ricks and Polk were wearing when police arrested them about a block from the attack site. Police said both men were identified as being involved in the attack by a witness.

Judge Michael Clancy set bail for Polk at $10,000 and for Ricks at $50,000. The men would need to post a deposit equal to 10% of their bail amount to go free while awaiting trial.
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