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Man dies from injuries in Fourth of July fight with roommate

Alvaro Elizondo  |  Cook County Sheriff's office photo

Alvaro Elizondo | Cook County Sheriff's office photo

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Updated: July 21, 2013 10:34AM

A South Side man died Saturday, more than two weeks after he got into a fight with his roommate outside their South Side home.

Juan Zavala, 46, and his roommate Alvaro Elizondo, 45, got into a fight about 10 p.m. on July 4 on the street outside their home in the 4400 block of South Wolcott Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.

Police responded and found Zavala lying unconscious on the sidewalk, O’Brien said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died Saturday about 9 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Elizondo returned home a short time after the fight and started threatening family members and pushed his 73-year-old mother, who refused medical attention, O’Brien said.

Elizondo was arrested and charged with felony domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery of a victim over 60.

A suspect can be charged with domestic battery if they reside in the same home as the victim, police said.

He is being held at Cook County jail on $500,000 bail, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

It is not yet known if Elizondo will face additional charges following Zavala’s death.

An autopsy is expected to be conducted Sunday.

Contributing: Allison Horton

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