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Libertyville man accused of striking Metra conductor

Updated: November 5, 2012 11:49AM

A Libertyville man accused of punching a Metra conductor in the face pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery charges Wednesday.

Matthew Padour, 30, was arrested by Metra police on April 5 at the Libertyville Metra station, according to court records.

Padour and a friend were coming back from a Cubs game on the Metra Milwaukee North Line that day, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney James Newman said.

Padour’s friend didn’t have money to pay his train fare, so he had arranged for a girlfriend to bring money to a train station. But Padour and the friend jumped off the train in Libertyville, one stop before the one they had designated to get the money to pay for the fare, Newman said.

Padour and his friend got into a verbal altercation with a 60-year-old male Metra conductor. Padour punched the conductor in the face, causing his hat and glasses to fall off, Newman said.

Padour and his friend smelled of alcohol at the time of the incident, Newman said. If convicted, Padour, who is out on bail, faces two to five years in prison or probation.

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