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Police: Naperville Man Punches, Breaks Man's Nose in Hummer Park

The man also required 18 stitches in his mouth after what he told police was an unprovoked attack.

A Naperville man punched another man in the face, breaking his nose, around 10:10 p.m. Sunday in Hummer Park, 4833 Fairview Ave., said.

Police said they found the victim in the pavilion, bleeding profusely from the mouth and unsure if at any point he had been knocked unconscious.

The victim said repeatedly he didn’t know why Henry Papushak, 30, of the 800 block of Baumont Drive in Naperville, punched him, police said. Papushak had been drinking beer throughout the day, the victim told police. 

Papushak had a female companion who said they had been at the Fairview train depot earlier in the day when he said he needed to “take care of some business” in the park, police said. Ten to 15 minutes later, he returned to the depot with a mark on his hand, police said.

Police said Papushak was drunk but cooperative when they found him at the depot with a bloody mark on his right knuckle.

In addition to the broken nose, the victim had a cut in his mouth that required 18 stitches, police said. He also told police that his neck hurt and he had a headache.

Papushak was charged with two counts of battery. 

Tony Cesare August 15, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Instead of adding to the click-bait-junior-political-scholar-wank-fest that is "Illinois Politicos", can someone start focusing on what is going on at Bummer Park (you know, here in our COMMUNITY) and what can be done about it? Why has the DGPD abandoned this park and handed it over to transients? What happened to 'parks are for kids'? What is it about DG that makes us so attractive to bums? Is it ease of availability of alcohol at convenience stores like 7/11? Is there a way to pull liquor licenses from C stores? Is that legal? Now that the C store east of Main Street station has reopened and sells beer, how long before the bums spread into other parks and set up camp? Why is this ok?
Scott C. August 15, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Any chance Mayor Tully will weigh in here on some of these questions and/or issues? Tony, as you know, I don't believe that putting these legitimate question here for the chatterati to debate is going to actually result in action that can solve the problem. We have to engage the people/organizations in our community actually positioned to do something about them. Mayor Tully (admirably) participates on the Patch from time to time, but I appreciate that it is unfair to expect him or other Council members to monitor the Patch for issues they might want to weigh in on. I have no such expectation, although appreciate greatly when he does as it is put out there for all to see. Whether or not he chimes in here, I would again offer, Tony, to join you in advancing these and other questions with those who can actually answer them and/or put wheels into motion to address the underlying problems (and potential solutions). Even if Mayor Tully (or other Council members) weigh in here, we still have to get out from behind our keyboards and engage if we're going to move the needle.
Lauren Williamson (Editor) August 15, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Tony, the new editor and I are looking forward to dinner with you tonight when we will discuss some of the plans for Downers Grove Patch after she takes the reins on Monday. I appreciate that you are patient with our coverage this week as we are still in transition. Thanks, Lauren Williamson Associate Regional Editor
brandon August 16, 2012 at 02:34 AM
So you think that convenience stores carrying alcohol is the reason behind the homeless people gathering in numbers at our parks? They come from miles around for this? I hate to point this out to you, but there are plenty of places to get booze from within 1 mile of the park. I believe the same can be said for almost ALL of the parks in DuPage county. Revoking the licenses of these establishments isnt going to fix the problem. It will only hurt the shop owners and aggravate the rest of the townies. As for the police, I live within walking distance of the 'Bummer Park' (I enjoy this nickname, kudos), and I can assure you that the police are always patrolling there day and night. I feel quite safe with their presence, and I understand that they can only do what the law says they can do. Stopping the sale of liquor will not slow down 'the horde'. Nothing short of having an officer on the grounds 24/7 will have an immediate effect. How does the city pay for this? Certainly not by hurting our local economy by forcing the little guy to give way to larger stores like Jewel and Dominicks where alcohol can be purchased just as easily and for a little extra walking. I share your concern, but I think that it is a little too convenient to blame convenient.
Scott C. August 16, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Well put, Brandon. Tony wants good things for DG. And he isn't alone. Many share his concerns, including me. But too many think just griping about it in comments on the Patch (every single week!) and stating the obvious (usually in a grossly oversimplified way) or offering implausible solutions that might do more harm than good will miraculously solve the problem or the symptoms. I have offered repeatedly to work with those who are concerned about this issue to pursue practical solutions like engaging the Village Council, collecting data from the police, etc. Unfortunately, while people will spend lots of time making the same comments over and over on the Patch to absolutely zero effect, they seem less inclined to devote even a fraction of that time to engaging those who can actually help with real solutions. And while I'm simultaneously making this offer, agreeing with the concerns, etc., they somehow still suggest that DG residents need to "wake up from their ambivalence." Yet here we all are...talking about the issue...and solutions...offering to engage...wide awake. I am left scratching my head.
Cathy August 30, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Each month, the Village Council hosts an informal "Coffee with the Council". I have attended these and its a great place to raise these types of concerns. As already stated, it's doubtful if the Council reads the Patch to find out what residents are upset with.

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