Man Accused of Punching Man Unconscious Outside Bar on Bothwell St Friday Was Arrested Minutes Later at 2nd Bar in Palatine

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Michael G. Platt, 35, of 235 W. Wilson Street, Palatine, was arrested at a bar in downtown Palatine about 30 minutes after he allegedly attacked a man Friday night near another bar — Pops Bar and Grill, 19 North Bothwell Street.

Platt is accused of punching a 26-year-old Palatine man outside Pops Bar and Grill, where a victim was found unconscious and bleeding on the sidewalk. Apparently Platt went to another bar where police were able to find the suspect from detailed descriptions reported by witnesses. Apparently at least one witness saw the suspect punch the victim in the side of the face during an argument, and saw the victim fall backward and hit his head on the sidewalk.

Police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 11:32 p.m. Friday to the report of the injured, unconscious man on the sidewalk and police and firefighter/paramedics found the man lying on the ground, bleeding from the head. Firefighter/paramedics immediately transported the victim to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital — within about ten minutes after arriving on the scene.

The victim remains in critical condition at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, and is still unable to give any statements about the incident.

Friday night, police immediately went to work to search for the suspect, and found him at the second bar. Later Platt was charged with felony aggravated battery.

A Cook County judge set bail for Michael G. Platt at $75,000 Monday and he was released later that day after posting a bond of 10 percent. Platt is due back in court 10:30 a.m. August 14, 2014 in the Cook County circuit court branch in Rolling Meadows.

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