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Beating turns out worse than thought

A Mount Greenwood man bludgeoned his neighbor into a puddle of blood, prosecutors say.

But it wasn’t until two weeks later that authorities realized how serious the attack was.

Ricardo Caram, 43, allegedly attacked 63-year-old Mark Masterson outside their homes in the 11000 block of South Sawyer on August 2 with a blunt black object, fighting off several bystanders who came to Masterson’s aid.

The attack left Masterson with head injuries in a puddle of his own blood and in need of treatment at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, according to a police report.

Released after treatment, Masterson collapsed two weeks later from a brain injury and had to be re-admitted. He remains unsteady on his feet, said assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jessie McGuire, who did not give a motive for the attack.

Questioned by police following Masterson’s collapse, Caram allegedly told police that he believed the incident and the dispute that had lead to it were “dealt with.”

He was charged with three counts of aggravated battery and was Sunday ordered held on bail of $300,000 by Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesel.

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