Man who hit River North guard is 'going to make this right'


She says she asked him if he needed help and after a few minutes chose to call police.

Zoa Stigler was on duty at a residential building early Sunday morning, when she noticed an apparently drunk man vomiting near the front door, as his friends stood by.

Reached at the hospital Wednesday, Stigler said she was about to undergo surgery to fix her fractured eye socket, and likely would miss more than a month of work. The video shows De Leon throwing water on her and punching her in the face.

The guard, Zoa Stigler has a broken nose and black eye with a possible need for surgery as a result of the incident. She was immediately taken to hospital and now requires surgery. "He didn't say anything, and he just punched me", Stigler told NBC Chicago at the time.

"I am surprised I didn't fall down because the impact was really hard", Stigler told WLS-TV. Stigler said she checked on whether the man needed help and then called Chicago police.

"I mean, when I got out of the vehicle and he approached me, his body language told me how remorseful, how sorry he was", Valenti said.

The page, to help pay medical bills for the woman, had raised over $12,700 toward its goal of $20,000 by Tuesday afternoon. She appeared unmoved by Valenti's comments that the suspect is sorry but said she would forgive him because it's the Christian thing to do.

Stigler said she fell backward.

Fenbert said DeLeon has been in the Army for five years and is now on active duty. "Because a little water got on me". Stigler said she had worked at the building for around five years, and never had a violent confrontation, as she prides herself on her helpful, respectful approach to her job. The man has not been found and Stigler says if he is, she plans to press charges. Despite her injuries, she remains positive. That's when he punched her in her face. He served nine months in Afghanistan and was scheduled to report to Hawaii early next month, the lawyer said.

Sources said De Leon is in the military. "'No, we're fine right here, ' (they said)".

Richard Fenbert, attorney for Matthew De Leon, talks to reporters after his clients court hearing.