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‘Wrote a check his mouth couldn’t cash’

Police reports give more details of fight

PROPHETSTOWN – After Eugene Pashon was flown to a Peoria Hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered in a bar fight in late September, a Whiteside County sheriff’s deputy took some notes.

“Eugene wrote a check his mouth couldn’t cash,” Sgt. Kris Schmidt wrote. “He was mouthing off and his friends were holding him back from some other subjects when he broke free. After he broke free, Eugene ran over to confront or fight and they Pearl Harbored his butt with a surprise attack.”

Pashon’s friends dragged him back to the front of the bar, and “that was when they dropped him on his head literally,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt showed up to help at the request of the Prophetstown Police Department, which first responded to the fight in the early morning hours of Sept. 28 near Kuel’s Pub, 213 Washington St.

The state police later took over the investigation, but officials have declined to provide details, saying they were still working on it.

Asked Monday about Schmidt’s report, Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi said the deputy simply took down field notes, and they didn’t constitute an official report. He said officers often don’t realize such information can be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

In the case of Schmidt’s narrative, the sheriff said, “it just sounds kind of funny.”

Schmidt was off-duty Monday and couldn’t be reached for comment. 

In an interview last week, Pashon said he got into a fistfight with another bar patron in the parking lot of a grocery store that is across the street from the bar. He said he didn’t remember anything after a group of men knocked him down.

Pashon, 30, suffered brain injuries and racked up nearly $200,000 in medical bills, he said. 

He said he believed his injuries were caused by the men kicking him in the head, not by falling on the ground, as the sheriff’s report indicates.

According to the Prophetstown police report:

A witness told Officer Bruce Franks that he saw Pashon on the ground with four or five men around him, saying he assumed Pashon “got jumped.”

An intoxicated man told Franks that Pashon would not go in an ambulance. The man tried to pick up Pashon when ambulance personnel were treating him. Franks told the man to back away and “again he was loud and obnoxious.”

“[Pashon] was then loaded into the ambulance and he became combative and started to flail his arms and kick his feet,” the report states. “Sgt. Schmidt  then held his hands and I held his feet, so he would not injure anyone.”

Last week, state police Sgt. Corey Peck said it was difficult to investigate the case because everyone involved had different versions about what happened.

Pashon, 30, of Prophetstown, acknowledged that he doesn’t have the best history. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a police officer.

He said he experienced memory loss from the injuries he suffered in the fight.

Once the investigation is finished, Peck said, the state police will send its report to the Whiteside County state’s attorney’s office, which will decide whether to file criminal charges.

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