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Attacker punched man several times in Merichka's parking lot: cops

A Crest Hill man is wanted for allegedly punching a 60-year-old several times in the face in the Merichka's parking lot, police said.

Will County Judge Dan Kennedy signed a warrant on Monday for the arrest of 54-year-old Thomas M. Tibble for an alleged attack that left the victim hospitalized with head injuries, according to court records.

About 7 p.m. Aug. 12, police received a report of a fight in progress at Merichka’s, said Crest Hill Police Chief Ed Clark. When officers arrived at the 604 Theodore St. restaurant, they found an injured man lying on the ground in the restaurant parking lot, Clark said.

An ambulance was called and the officers interviewed witnesses, Clark said.

The officers determined that a 60-year-old man and a woman were arguing in the parking lot when Tibble allegedly intervened and punched the man several times in the face, Clark said. The woman is apparently one of Tibble’s relatives, he said.

The alleged victim fell down to the ground after the attack, Clark said. Tibble was arrested on a charge of battery and released on his own recognizance, he said.

Clark said the alleged victim was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries to his head.

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and filed a felony charge of aggravated battery against Tibble, Clark said.

Tibble faces three counts of aggravated battery for causing "great bodily harm," according to the criminal complaint.

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