Cops: Restaurant owner hospitalized by customer unhappy with his bill
The 55-year-old owner of Outriggers in Tinley Park was hospitalized with eight broken ribs and a collapsed lung Friday after an intoxicated customer unhappy with his bill allegedly attacked him Friday night.
A 40-year-old Mokena man faces a charge of battery after allegedly attacking the restaurant’s owner, police said. He was arrested at 10:37 p.m. Friday at the restaurant, 15917 S. Harlem Ave., after police responded to a call about a fight in progress and found the man being restrained by two employees.
The attacker cursed at police and resisted arrest, but was eventually taken into custody.
The owner was found in the restaurant’s office, sitting on a chair, slumped over his desk and complaining of chest pains. Before being taken by an ambulance, he told police that he had asked the customer to leave the store when he began to argue about his bill. He was walking with the customer toward the exit when the man stopped and slapped him in the head and punched him in the upper chest.
Others in the restaurant told police they saw the man hit the owner in the face with an open hand several times and then punch him in the chest. They also told police the man choked the owner by putting his arm around his neck before kicking his legs out from under him and slamming him to the ground.
After the incident, the attacker’s ex-wife and her 8-year-old son approached an officer outside of the restaurant and said they were with the man earlier, but had left before the incident occurred. Police transported the woman and her son to the police station to arrange a safe ride home because the woman was intoxicated, police said. The man was released after posting bail and is scheduled to appear in Cook County court April 27.
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