Karaoke Singer Knocks Rival Unconscious

The victim wanted to sing, but the offender had the microphone. An arrest is merely an accusation, not evidence of a conviction.


Hyoung Kim, 45, of Glenview, was charged with battery Tuesday just after 10 p.m. Police responded to a fight at a restaurant/bar in the 9000 block of Golf Road, and found the 45-year-old male victim lying on the floor with blood on his face and hands, with his right eye appearing swollen, they said.

Through a Cook County Sheriff's Police translator, police said they learned the victim and his friend had entered the restaurant and the victim wanted to sing karaoke songs, but the offender, Kim, was in possession of the controller. They argued over the controller, according to the report, and the offender punched the victim in the face five times, knocking him unconscious to the floor. He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment.

Police found the offender in a silver vehicle and charged him. His court date is June 22.

Road rage incident leads to charge of criminal damage

Sam Protofanousis, 41, of Glenview was charged with criminal damage to property, a Class 4 felony, after a traffic incident May 23. Police responded to the intersection of Milwaukee and Greenwood Avenues and talked to two witnesses, a 29-year-old Glenview man and a 29-year-old Schaumburg man. 

The first witness said he was driving northwestbound on Milwaukee Avenue in the center lane, approaching Greenwood, when Protofanousis came from behind in the left lane, cut directly in front of his vehicle and then turned north on Greenwood, according to the report. 

The witness said he pulled up alongside Protofanousis and said, "Nice move, a***, to which Protofanousis responded with a profanity, and the  witness replied "F*** you, baldy," according to the report. Protofanousis said something else which the witness could not hear, but the witness chose to respond by saying "OK baldy," according to police. 

At that point, police said, Protofanousis got out of his vehicle and kicked the passenger front door of the witness' vehicle. The other witness gave a similar account as the first one, police said. Both witnesses gave police a license plate number for Protofanousis' vehicle. 

At about 11:10 p.m., Glenview police advised Niles police that they had found Protofanousis at his home. He was brought to the Niles police station and charged.

The damaged vehicle belongs to an Acura dealership in Libertyville, and is estimated at $1,500 to repair, police said. 

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