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               RFPD Case #14-3061

May 6, 2014   
Three Subjects Charged in Brutal Attack on 18-Year Old Resident

David LaPuma   and   Julio C. Guzman

Michal Godlewski

On May 4, 2014 at approximately 2:40 PM, officers from the River Forest Police Department were dispatched to the area of Lake St. and Franklin Ave. in reference to a fight in progress involving several people physically beating one person.  The offenders were gone upon the arrival of police units, however, a witness provided the license plate and description of the vehicle that the offenders used to flee the scene. 

The River Forest Fire Department also responded to the scene to treat the 18-year old male battery victim, who resides in River Forest, for a significant eye injury that subsequently required emergency surgery.  
Minutes later, a River Forest officer located the suspect vehicle near North Ave. and Harlem Ave. and conducted a traffic stop.  During the traffic stop, witnesses to the battery identified the occupants of the car as the offenders in this case. 

As a result of the identification, Michal Godlewski 19-years old of the 3100 block of N. 76th Ct. in Elmwood Park, David LaPuma 19-years old of the 2700 block of N. 74th Ct. in Elmwood Park, and Julio C. Guzman 20-years old of the 7900 block of W. Sunset in Elmwood Park, were taken into custody. The true motive for the attack is still under investigation.

After reviewing the case with the Cook County State’s Attorney Felony Review Unit, a representative from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved Felony Aggravated Battery charges against each of the three offenders, due to the great bodily harm suffered by the victim during the attack.  The injuries to the victim are not life threatening. 

In addition to Aggravated Battery, Julio Cruz was also charged on an outstanding River Forest Arrest Warrant for Possession of Cannabis. Also, Michal Godlewski was also charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (suspect Xanax) and Possession of Cannabis.

The arrestees will appear at the Maybrook courthouse for a preliminary hearing on May 8th, 2014. 

Editors Note:

It is a real good idea when you are doing something brave like beating another person up where the odds are 3 to 1 that you also have illegal drugs in your pockets.  Stealing a car would even be smarter, and put your parents plates on it too.

The public is reminded that a signed complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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