I am pleased to report some more good news. Two men have been arrested and charged in the brutal beating ofMichael Davis, the Rogers Park Good Samaritan who attempted to break up a bar fight last June, according to the online publication DNAinfo and 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera.
According to the DNAinfo report, Anthony Rudon and Termaine Gallimore of the 7600 block of North Sheridan are charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery in the beating of Michael Davis. The report quotes prosecutors as saying that the two suspects went into the Poitin Still, 1408 W. Jarvis, on the night of June 17th, and wanted to play pool.
A scuffle took place between one of the suspects and another customer. Michael, who occasionally served as a bartender at the Poitin Stil but was simply a patron that night, intervened and escorted the men out. The suspects allegedly retaliated against Michael later in the evening, beating him with a baseball bat and a metal pipe as he walked home.
A witness identified Gallmore at a local laundromat and called police and Michael was able to pick out the men in a police lineup earlier this week.
Community residents and friends of Michael have hosted a series of fundraisers to defray his medical costs. Though he is out of intensive care, Michael is in a rehabilitation center and is expected to undergo moths of arduous physical therapy.
More than $50,000 has been raised since the June 17 attack. For more information on how to help pay for Michaels’ care, visit: