Chicago police look for suspect in brutal baseball bat attack

Chicago police investigators are asking for help finding the suspect who attacked a man with a baseball bat earlier this month.

They have released a sketch of the man who got out of a light colored or gray SUV near the intersection of Milwaukee and Sunnyside Avenues in Portage Park at about 2 a.m. on Sunday March 3rd and attacked Dennis Tisdale, 35, and his wife.

The Tisdales left a St. Patrick’s Day Party at Our Lady of Victory Church and were walking to their car. The suspect  was a passenger in the SUV.  He got out and struck Tisdale several times in the head with the bat and then fled in the SUV.

Tisdale, an iron worker, the father of a four and a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken jaw as well as injuries to his ribs and hands.    He was in a coma immediately after the attack and underwent surgery that left him unable to speak and partially paralyzed on his left side.

Alderman Tim Cullerton is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Police are looking for a 5-foot-7-inch bald man between 25 and 32 years old who weighs between 160 and 180 pounds with a light complexion. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt at the time of the attack.

Family and friends have set up an online fundraising page to help raise money to pay for Tisdale’s medical costs. As of Thursday morning,  nearly $10,000 had been donated.

You can donate at the page   http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/mb12/dennistisdale

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