Felon Charged With Attacking Man, 80, In Store

UPDATED 03/11/11 12:08 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Authorities have charged a Rosemont man with shoving and punching an 80-year-old man while waiting in line for the men’s room at a Far Northwest Side grocery store.

Dale Contursi, 47, of the 9600 block of West Higgins Avenue in Rosemont, allegedly knocked the older man’s eyeglasses to the floor in the attack.

The Feb. 23 assault was captured on surveillance video in the grocery store in the 4700 block of North Cumberland Avenue, police said.


Contursi was exiting the restroom at the store around 2 p.m. that day, as the older man stood in an adjacent hallway waiting in line for the same restroom, police said.

Contursi allegedly shoved the older man in the chest, then cornered him and punched him in the face. The older man fell against a wall and his glasses fell to the floor, police said.

The older man suffered facial bruising and swelling, but did not need to go to the hospital, police said.

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Contursi fled the store, but came back exactly a week later around the same time. He left without anything happening, but store security noticed him, and reported him to police.

When Jefferson Park District tactical officers arrived, the security guards gave them a still image of Contursi from the surveillance video, police said.

Police sent out a bulletin for Contursi, and found him sitting on the front stairs of a church two blocks away in the 4900 block of North Cumberland Avenue.

Contursi, who is a convicted felon, was identified as the older man’s attacker, police said. He is charged with a felony count of aggravated battery to a senior citizen.

Contursi was ordered held on $350,000 bond on March 3, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton. He is set to appear in Northwest Felony Court (Br. 42), at 5555 W. Grand Ave., for a preliminary hearing this coming Wednesday.

  • Fed up

    This guy should be prosecuted for just being pure ugly. Really looks demented. A face a mopther could hate.

  • Vicky

    It looks like the old man started it……weird!

  • CECE


  • Lew

    He should not have gone back to the store.

  • Tom D

    He probably has issues relating to being repeatedly raped in prison which has made him angry and causes him to take it out on someone else


    He’s just an idiot


    A mental case


    Just wants to go back to prison

  • Emilio Estavaz

    Charlie Sheen has really let himself go.

  • Charlie Sheen


  • Martin Sheen

    Call your Father, we need to talk.

  • Afro Sheen

    Works really good.

  • Lew

    He’s on a drug. Charlie Sheen.

  • Mary mitchell

    he scares even us racist blacks !
    you whites can have him !

  • Mary Mitchell - You $uck

    You know, the whole “Mary Mitchell” doppelganger bit could have been a really good idea if it wasn’t wasted by the author who just seems to have not one iota of comedic talent in him/her.
    Just because you throw in a couple of “ya’s” and “you go girls” doesn’t make it funny. You just come off sounding like a racist buffoon.
    Please do us all a favor and just STOP!

  • Charlie Sheen

    I’m tired of pretending like I’m not special. I’m tired of pretending like I’m not bit$hin’, a total freakin’ rock star from Mars.

    Oh, and I wish it was Jon Cryer that got the beat down.

  • Charlie Sheen

    I’m tired of pretending I’m not charlie shee. People look at me and say I’m rob lowe, so I go with it…but you know what? I’m not Pat Quinn, or that guy in the mugshot!

  • Gerald Spencer

    All of you, especially the ones breaking the law by claiming they are someone else, really need to take your juvenile nonsense to twitter.

  • Local

    i go to this store frequently and i see this guy sitting outside all of the time. Ive also seen him sitting in various places around the neighborhood. He just stares blankly at you as you walk/drive by. I always knew there was something with him…

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