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Man Beaten with Baseball Bat after Big Casino Win: Police

One man is in custody has been arrested in the attack, which took place at a home in unincorporated Joliet.

Mark Cortez. Photo credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
Mark Cortez. Photo credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
A Joliet man is in custody for beating and robbing a Chicago man who won $950 from Harrah's Casino Joliet, the Will County Sheriff's Office reports said.

The victim, 32, told officers that after he won the money Tuesday night, he was befriended by a man at the casino, 151 N. Chicago St. The two men initially went to a bar on Collins Street and then to a house on Schorie Avenue in unincorporated Joliet Township to "drink and party," reports said.


When the pair arrived at the house, his companion disappeared and five men beat him with a baseball bat, kicked him in the head and body, and took his money, the victim said. He was then ordered to the basement.

When he was finally allowed to leave at 6 a.m. Wednesday, the victim grabbed a 12-inch serrated kitchen knife from the house and began walking down Schorie and asking people to call the police. Responding officers had him taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where he was treated for multiple scrapes, cuts and bruises and released.   

One man involved in the beating, Mark A. Cortez, 38, of 1108 Bartel Road, Joliet, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated battery. He is being held in Will County jail.

Police found Cortez at the house and brought him in for questioning, during which time he admitted to be involved in the attack, sheriff's department spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said. The case remains "open and active," she said.


skp53 August 16, 2013 at 07:01 PM
It's hard to believe that Mark was involved, didn't it say the mans companion disappeared. I haven't spoken to Mark but there has to be more to the story. And why haven't the others been arrested????
Fester Bestertester August 17, 2013 at 04:20 PM
"Mark" is where he belongs- jail, or deported.
skp53 August 18, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Fester, just because someone has an Hispanic last name does not mean they are here illegally. Mark was born and raised in the United States of America!!
John Roberts August 20, 2013 at 09:55 AM
and from what is being said is that the guy was attacked by the people because he was trying to mess with a 17year old girl.Even the lady of the house where the attack took place said this has nothing to do with money...Also people are talking out here saying the guy Coked up his money he won...got his ass beat for messing with the 17yr old then claimed to the cops he was robbed...that's the word on the streets anyway...
ann mae August 23, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Stevue wonder can see that this a lie. He had to known them or was tryna get something from them. He didn't win that much to be happy and was willing to share the wealth. Not saying he deserved to get beat up but he got what he was looking for

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