Man dies 8 days after being attacked outside Wrigleyville bar

A 51-year-old man who was seriously injured when he was attacked and fell outside a Wrigleyville bar on January 17 has died.

Sergio Ontiveros, 51, of Victorville, California, was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. As of late Tuesday, CPD continued to classify the case as an aggravated battery, a spokesperson said.

A witness said the victim was found in the street between Sluggers and HVAC bar on the 3500 block of North Clark Street. | Google

Police responded to a call of a person down and found Ontiveros lying in the 3500 block of North Clark around 1:20 a.m. on January 17, Officer Steve Rusanov said on the day of the incident. A witness told the officers that an offender approached the victim and punched him, according to Rusanov.

Officers in the Town Hall (19th) Police District’s surveillance camera operations center located footage that showed an apparent fight breaking out and Ontiveros being pushed to the ground, according to CPD radio traffic. The offenders then ran from the scene, the camera operators said.

After Ontiveros was down, other people came by, picked through his pockets, and left the area before cops arrived, the officers said.

Detectives closed Clark Street to vehicles for about two hours after the attack to conduct an investigation, according to an employee of a nearby business.

If the medical examiner determines Ontiveros’ death is a homicide, it will become the first murder in Wrigleyville since 2004, according to CPD records.

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