Suburban man found badly beaten, sodomized in Loop
BY ROSEMARY SOBOL AND JAMES SCALZITTI Staff Reporters
A northwest suburban man was found walking downtown early Saturday after being beaten and sexually abused with a tree branch, according to police.
Shortly after midnight Saturday, someone called authorities to report the undressed man walking with a bloody face in the 800 block of South Michigan, Central District Police Lt. Richard Guerrero said.
The man had severe trauma to his face. He was not wearing shoes or pants, and had only one sock on, authorities said.
The victim had apparently been attacked and then sodomized with a tree branch, authorities said.
Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital had to remove part of the branch from the man, according to police.
Officials initially said the man was homeless, but later said he was from the northwest suburbs and about 60 years old.
Officials said they were investigating the incident as an aggravated battery. They were unsure of the motive for the attack.
Although the man’s condition was not immediately known, his injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
Belmont Area detectives were reviewing video surveillance footage around nearby areas where the crime could have occurred, including Grant Park.
“He was beaten up real bad,” said another police source, adding that several of the victim’s teeth were knocked out. “It was an act of extreme violence.”