Man Charged in Punch That Killed Palatine Man

Michael Platt is charged with first-degree murder in connection with death of Ryan Flannagan

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    Palatine Police Department
    Michael Platt

    Bail was set at $2 million Tuesday for a man charged with fatally punching a northwest suburban man 10 days earlier in Palatine.

    Ryan Flannagan, 26, was discovered lying unconscious and bleeding from his head in the 0-100 block of North Bothwell Street about 11:30 p.m. on July 18, according to a statement from Palatine police.

    A man allegedly punched Flannagan once on the side of the head, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement, police said.

    About 30 minutes later, police arrested 35-year-old Michael Platt at a nearby bar. He was charged with aggravated battery and released after posting 10 percent of his $75,000 bond, police said.

    Flannagan, of the 100 block of West Colfax Street, died at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge at 3:48 p.m. Monday, 10 days after the attack, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

    Police said Flannagan never regained consciousness after the "senseless, unprovoked attack."

    Authorities charged Platt with first-degree murder Tuesday and a warrant for his arrest was issued with a $2 million bond, police said.

    He was arrested at his girlfriend’s house in Palatine and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday in Rolling Meadows.

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