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Saturday, July 16, 2011 —Bond has been set at $2 million for a south suburban teen who beat a 48-year-old man into critical condition for his bicycle.

Ronald WadeRonald Wade, 18, of the 1000 block of Lexington Circle in Ford Heights, has been charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.  He appeared in Markham bond court July 15th. 

Around 9 p.m. on July 11th witnesses say the victim and Wade were struggling over the victim’s bicycle near the 1400 block of East 13th Place in Ford Heights.  The argument and struggle escalated and Wade attacked the victim, used a choke hold, beat the man and threw him to the ground, causing multiple severe injuries to the victim’s head.  The victim was transported to St. James Hospital, and later to John Stroger Hospital due to the gravity of his injuries.

Cook County Sheriff’s Police detectives arrested Wade on July 12th and he admitted attacking the victim.  He was charged with aggravated battery on July 14th but additional charges are likely.

The victim remains comatose at Stroger Hospital.  Ronald Wade’s next court date is August 3rd in Markham. 

UPDATE: The victim of the attack by 18-year-old Ronald Wade died today at Stroger Hospital as a result of his injuries.  Upgraded charges against Wade are likely after an autopsy and state's attorney review.

UPDATE 7/18/2011: Charges against 18-year-old Ronald Wade have been upgraded to one count of first degree felony-murder, one count of first degree murder and one count of robbery

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