Warrant issued in Richard’s Bar stabbing death

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An arrest warrant has been issued for a 30-year-old man in connection with the stabbing death of Kenneth Paterimos outside Richard’s Bar in West Town last weekend.

The warrant names Thomas Tansey of the Little Italy neighborhood. Tansey was not in custody as of midday Saturday. He has not been formally charged in the case.

Police detained Tansey at the scene but later released him after prosecutors instructed detectives to further investigate Tansey’s self-defense claims.

Tansey was convicted of battery in a December 2016 case in Arlington Heights after he was accused of battering a man and trying to hit him with a gun, according to court records.

Tansey’s defense included documentation that he suffered PTSD from his years of service in the Marine Corps. A judge eventually sentenced him to 18-months probation.

On Dec. 21, Tansey was charged with driving under the influence in Arlington Heights.

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