BROOKFIELD – A man being held by Brookfield police for the stabbing of a Villa Park man at Brixie's Bar and Grill Feb. 2 was released without charges after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office rejected felony charges Feb. 4.
According to the State's Attorney's Office, statements by the offender, the victim and several others who were with the victim, were inconsistent.
The offender maintained he was acting in self defense during an altercation in the parking lot where he was sitting in his vehicle. The victim, accompanied by several other men, opened the offender's car door. The offender said he was afraid he was about to be dragged from the vehicle and beaten by the group of men.
It was the offender who dialed 9-1-1 and said he had stabbed someone who had just tried to attack him. The offender told the dispatcher, "I had to, I swear to God."
Police were called at about 3:59 a.m. to Brixie's parking lot, 9526 Ogden Ave., and found the 27-year-old Villa Park man on the ground with a stab wound to his abdomen. He was taken to Loyola Hospital where he underwent surgery.
La Grange police arrested the suspect nearby, parked in a red Lincoln in the 7-Eleven parking lot at Ogden and East avenues. The suspect was taken to Brookfield Police Department.
A black knife was found in the vehicle, according to police reports.