PROPHETSTOWN – Eugene Pashon is not making himself out to be an angel, but he says he deserves justice after a number of men attacked him outside a Prophetstown bar in late September.
State police say they are still investigating.
In the early morning hours of Sept. 28, Pashon said, he got into a fistfight with a man in a parking lot near Kuel’s Pub, 213 Washington St.
“When you’re drinking, you don’t make the best decisions,” said Pashon, who lives in Prophetstown.
He said five men approached him and started beating him up.
The 30-year-old said he remembers nothing after that because he got knocked out.
Pashon was taken to CGH Medical Center in Sterling, then flown to a hospital in Peoria.
He said he suffered brain injuries, racking up $196,000 in medical bills.
Since the fight, he has heard that others have claimed they were acting in self-defense, but he said that is hardly possible, given that it was five people against one.
Pashon acknowledged he doesn’t have the best history. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a police officer.
He said he got into a scuffle with the officer during a DUI arrest.
“I apologized to the officer,” he said.
Even before the Sept. 28 fight, Pashon said, he suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cerebral palsy. Now, he is experiencing memory loss from the injuries he suffered in the fight, he said.
He said authorities are telling him only that the investigation is ongoing.
Prophetstown police responded to the fight, but the state police have taken over the case, because they have greater investigative capabilities.
“It is an open case,” state police Sgt. Corey Peck said last week. “We are very limited in what we can release. We’re talking with people. There is an active investigation.”
The case, he said, has been difficult.
“It was a bar scene,” Peck said. “Most people have different versions of what went on.”
Once the investigation is finished, he said, the state police will send its report to the Whiteside County state’s attorney’s office, which prosecutes crimes.
“We’ll do that sooner rather than later,” Peck said.