Holiday get togethers have just become a little more uncomfortable for a Chicago man who is accused of pummeling his girlfriend’s step dad in the Oak Lawn CarMax lot.
The two men traveled together in the girlfriend’s car to the CarMax in Oak Lawn to look at cars and hopefully make a purchase.
Joseph Michael Pavon Jr., of Chicago, left in the backseat of an Oak Lawn squad car after police were called to the scene by employees of the dealership on March 8th at about 10:30 in the morning.
The original call to the dispatcher indicated that the men were fighting in the parking lot. An update to the police told the officer that one of the men was leaving in a blue Nissan. When the officer arrived, the Nissan was on its way toward 95th Street and stopped for the officer.
Pavon was driving the Nissan but his girlfriend’s step dad, who resides in Berwyn, was not in the car. Pavon spoke to the police and told them that the two men went to CarMax to look for a car for the step dad. However, according to Pavon, the older man was taking too long and Pavon wanted to leave. Pavon said he told the man that he was leaving and the other man grabbed his shoulder. In fear for his own safety, he said threw the older man to the ground.
According to Pavon, he joined the other man on the ground and they exchanged punches. Pavon then got up and got into the car before stopping as the police car entered the lot.
The step dad agreed with Pavon that the two were at the car lot looking for cars for him. He told the police that the two became embroiled in an argument over a car and Pavon threw him to the ground and started punching him continuously.
Much like professional football, the video replay has to sometimes decide what really happened. The officer reviewed the security footage, which he alleged showed Pavon throw the older man on the ground, get on top of him and continue to punch him in the head, face, chest and neck about 18 times.
Both men refused medical treatment at the scene but the step dad signed a complaint for battery against Pavon, who was handcuffed and placed in the squad car.
Pavon is a 29 year old white male with a Chicago address.