Once again the violence in the street has warrant a community alert, this time from the 16th District Police today, March 20, 2013 concerning the ugly attack with a baseball bat on Dennis Tisdale.
The attack took place about 1:30 a.m. on March 3th, when Dennis Tisdale and his wife were walking to the car after celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at our Lady of Victory Church. As they were walking to their car on Milwaukee and Sunnyside and upon crossing the street a silver or gray SUV brushed up against them. Words between Tisdale and the people in the SUV were exchanged, when suddenly a man got out of the vehicle with a baseball bat.
Mr. Tisdale was struck with the baseball bat several times. He was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in a coma and has since underwent surgery for a sub-arachnoid hemorrhage that has left him unable to speak and paralyzed on the left side.
According to police, the SUV was last seen going east on Sunnyside and south on Milwaukee. They describe the man as being between 25 and 32 years old, weighting between 160 and 180 lbs., about 5'7” in height, bald with a light complexion and wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.
The Chicago iron worker, Army veteran and father of four came home from the hospital but needs to go through rehab to learn basic functions, a effort that will take weeks, if not months to accomplish. The family has set up an online fund-raising effort to raise $15,000 to help cover medical bills. Ald. Tim Cullerton (38 Ward), a fellow parishioner of Our Lady of Victory Church, is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attacker.
Anyone with information is urged to call the 16th District police at 312 – 742 – 4480.