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ACTIVE duty Soldier Charged With SUCKER PUNCHING a Black Female Security Guard

A uniformed female security guard had twice offered to help the 23-year-old man who was slumped over and vomiting outside a River North building before he hauled off and punched her in the eye, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday.

The guard, who suffered extensive fractures to her face, stayed to clean up Matthew DeLeon’s vomit before going to the hospital, authorities said.

The attack was captured on surveillance video that quickly went viral.

DeLeon, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street, turned himself in to Chicago police late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, as soon as he saw the footage, according to his attorney, Richard Fenbert.

Fenbert said DeLeon has been in the Army for five years and is currently on active duty. He served nine months in Afghanistan and was scheduled to report to Hawaii early next month, the lawyer said.

At a bond hearing Wednesday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered DeLeon held on $250,000 bond on three counts of aggravated battery. Read more:


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