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Man brutally beaten with bat after breaking up bar fight

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The family of a man beaten with a bat after leaving a Rogers Park bar is hoping for justice as they await word of an arrest.

Alicia Webb said her uncle, Michael Davis, was beaten with a bat in the back of the head, had his teeth knocked out, was stabbed in the hand and left for dead after an altercation at the Poitin Stil bar in Rogers Park.

It happened just after midnight as he was walking home a few blocks away. Witnesses said it was sparked by an altercation over the pool table in the bar.

Two men, who regulars say they had never seen before, refused to give up their pool sticks, and were asked to leave.

A witness says the men shoved another patron as they left and Davis stepped in to diffuse the situation. Then it appeared the problem was over.

"It was brutal. He was severely beaten," Webb says. "Those guys left, he went back in the bar, and everybody thought it was okay. He was practically home and then this happened. So to wait and to have a bat and to assault him like that, it's horrible."

Sandra Carter owns the coffee shop next door and knew Davis for about five years. She said he was a great guy who didn't deserve this.

"I just can't believe the violence," Carter says. "I can't believe the premeditation to go home and get a weapon and come back and beat somebody in the head and leave them for dead, I just can't conceive of what that is."

Davis, who is 44, is a waiter in the area who sometimes worked at the Poitin Stil. He remains at St. Francis Hospital and his family is asking for the public's help in finding his attackers.

"Anyone who has information, please get in touch with the police," Webb pleads. "It is important, it's critical that, they should not be allowed to walk out on the street."

Police are still investigating. Davis' family says he underwent facial reconstruction surgery Friday afternoon, and while he's listed in fair condition, he has a long road to recovery.

To donate to the Michael Davis Fund, click here. Share your comments, thoughts, and well wishes on the Donate 4 Michael Davis facebook page.

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