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A police sketch of a man who beat a pedestrian with a baseball bat in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side earlier this month. (Credit: Chicago Police)

A police sketch of a man who beat a pedestrian with a baseball bat in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side earlier this month. (Credit: Chicago Police)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police have released a sketch of a man who used a baseball bat to brutally beat a father of four in Jefferson Park.

Linda and Dennis Tisdale were walking in the street to avoid icy sidewalks, when a passing car brushed 35-year-old Dennis Tisdale and sparked the attack on him. He’s home now after brain surgery and almost two weeks in the hospital.

The wound in Dennis Tisdale’s head is hard to look at.

“He has 54 staples starting here and it came around and up to his ear,” said Linda Tisdale.

And the brutal attack on the husband and father of four, even more difficult to comprehend.

“When he hit down on the right side of Dennis’ head I guess it crushed his skull,” said Linda Tisdale.

March 3 about 2 a.m., the couple had just attended a Saint Patrick’s Party at their church, Our Lady Of Victory. They headed to the Windsor Tavern around the corner to finish their night of fun.

They were walking back to their car, when someone passing by in silver or grey vehicle clipped Dennis with a side view mirror. His wife says a verbal assault turned physical.

“My husband said ‘why do you have a bat?’This guy ran after Dennis and that’s when he took a swing at his head,” said Linda Tisdale.

Wednesday night, bar patrons checked out a police sketch of the attacker.

38th Ward Alderman Tim Cullerton says he and anyone riding with him will face justice.

“This individual is a coward. He needs to be taken off the streets. We need to find this guy before he does this to somebody else,” said Cullerton.

The alderman is offering a $1,500 reward in the case. The victim is a an Army veteran and a construction worker whose family will now struggle to pay the bills after this.