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Second man charged in attack on prosecutor

Friday, November 16, 2012
Chicago Tribune
by Jason Meisner

A second man has been charged in the September beating and stabbing of a Cook County prosecutor who tried to intervene when he saw two men harassing a couple they thought was gay.

Luis Cotto, 23, of the 3700 block of North Kimball Avenue, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery and is expected to appear in bond court Saturday, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office. 

Cotto’s co-defendant, Edgar Diaz, 21, has been jailed since September on the same charges.

The 31-year-old prosecutor was on his way to meet a friend to fish along the lakefront at about 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 when he saw two people shouting at the couple and told them to stop. The defendants beat him with their hands and feet and cut him with a beer bottle, according to prosecutors. 

The prosecutor was cut near the left eye, on his side and under his right arm, officials said. He joined the state's attorney's office in 2008 and is assigned to juvenile court. 

Teddy Wozny, 27, told the Tribune shortly after the attack that he and the prosecutor were supposed to meet at Diversey Harbor that evening to test out a new fishing grip. The two have been friends since meeting a couple of years ago on an online forum for Chicago area fishing enthusiasts called WindyCityFishing.com.

Wozny said the victim told him he saw two people chasing after two men and yelling at them.

"He said they were chasing them, full-on running, and the two (harassed) guys were screaming for help," Wozny said. His friend told him he yelled "Knock the (expletive) off!". They wheeled around and immediately ran at him.

"[The victim is] not a small guy. He's 6 feet, 230 pounds, so he grabbed the first kid and got him in a choke hold and was trying to keep that guy between him and the second guy," Wozny said. "Then he slipped on the grass and went down, and they got the best of him."

The victim was hit with a beer bottle while on the ground but was still conscious. He told Wozny he yelled to his attackers, "OK, OK ... you made your point. It's done." One of them said, "No this isn't done," and that's when his friend believes he was stabbed, according to Wozny.


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