COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Cubs fan who was allegedly attacked at John Barleycorn on Monday following the game said his attacker "came in looking for trouble."
Joshua Skoda, 24, is charged with two counts of felony battery for storming into the bar at 3524 N. Clark Street and punching two patrons without provocation, Cook County State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said during his bond hearing Tuesday.
"I remember chilling at the bar, and then there was a blow to the head," said one of the victims, a 37-year-old man who spent the evening watching the Cubs game from a nearby rooftop. "I've been in fights before. This wasn't a fight; I was an innocent bystander who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time."
The man, who asked not to be identified, said Skoda punched him twice, knocking him to the ground where he hit his head.
According to court records, he lost consciousness. Doctors closed the wound in his head with 10 staples.
"I am doing ok now, but I get a little light-headed," said the man, adding that he also suffered a concussion.
A second man, who was not seriously injured, said Skoda came in and "just started swinging at everybody."
An attorney representing Skoda said he was defending himself in a "four-on-one situation."
Skoda, of the 1500 block of North Western Avenue, was ordered held on $75,000 bail Tuesday.