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Three charged with beating River Forest man

Michal Godlewski | photo from River Forest police

(RIVER FOREST) Three Elmwood Park men have been charged with beating another man Sunday afternoon in west suburban River Forest.

Officers responded to a call of several people beating one person about 2:40 p.m. near Lake Street and Franklin Avenue, according to a statement from River Forest police.

An 18-year-old River Forest man suffered a “significant” eye injury that required surgery, but the suspects drove away before officers arrived, police said. A witness provided police with the license plate and description of the suspects’ vehicle.

Within minutes, the suspects were stopped near North and Harlem avenues and a witness to the beating identified the vehicle’s three occupants, police claim.

Julio Guzman | photo from River Forest police

The three Elmwood Park men — Michal Godlewski, 19, of the 3100 block of North 76th Court; David LaPuma, 19, of the 2700 block of North 74th Court; and Julio Guzman, 20, of the 7900 block of West Sunset Drive — were each charged with felony aggravated battery, police said.

Police said the motive for the attack remains under investigation.

Guzman was also charged on an outstanding River Forest arrest warrant for possession of cannabis and Godlewski was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance suspected to be Xanax, and possession of cannabis, police said.

LaPuma and Guzman were each ordered held on $180,000 bond, and Godlewski was held on $150,000 bond, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

David LaPuma | photo from River Forest police

Each man was scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at the Maywood courthouse Thursday.