A man from Florida has been accused of attempted murder in Cook County after the authorities said he had cut off the genitals of another man and hit him so badly that he suffered brain damage.
The 26-year-old victim, who was dating the suspect's former girlfriend and was left in a pool of his own blood, survived the attack that took place in Des Plaines, officials said.
Justin Foster, 28, of Tallahassee, was ordered without bail Friday in the March attack.
According to prosecutors, Foster flew from Chicago to Chicago on March 13, hired a car and drove to the 1100 block of Holiday Lane in Des Plaines, apparently to confront his romantic rival. When Foster saw the victim, he walked up to him and started repeatedly hitting him with a car tag until he lost consciousness, the authorities said.
Foster then cut his initials into the victim's leg, cut off his genitals and threw them over a fence, and then left the victim, bleeding profusely, near a parked car, according to prosecutors. Foster then drove back to O & # 39; Hare International Airport and stepped back to Atlanta on a flight, the authorities said.
A passerby found the victim shortly thereafter and called the police. The man was taken to the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital at Park Ridge and eventually transferred to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for the treatment of life-threatening injuries, police said.
Authorities said they had heard in the course of the investigation that Foster had sent e-mails and text messages with references to violence to the victim and the victim's girlfriend, with whom Foster has a child.
The Des Plaines police have identified Foster as the defendant and in the following months carried out more than 40 search warrants and issued more than 20 subpoenas to build their case. With the help of the police in Tallahassee, Foster was taken into custody on August 25 and later accused of attempted murder and an aggravated battery.
Foster abandoned delivery and was transferred from Florida to Cook County Jail on Thursday.
Prosecutors and police said the victim had a traumatic brain injury, skull fractures and cuts; he was discharged from the hospital after a few months, but needs care 24 hours a day.
The victim "will never fully recover from the injuries sustained as a result of this incident," said Des Plaines police in a press release Friday.
Brian L. Cox is a freelance reporter.