A store employee of an East Rogers Park market was in fair condition Monday after being bound and beaten after closing up the store the night before.
The employee said he had just locked up and was leaving the Devon Market, on the 1440 block of West Devon Avenue, when he was approached by two people who tried to force him back inside to open the safe.
When he told them that he didn't have access to the safe, he said the men bound him with plastic handcuffs, threw him in the back of a car, beat him from head to toe with a tire iron and then dumped him in an alley about a block away.
"He was beaten badly," Rogers Park Distric police Lt. John Franklin said.
The employee was found by a passer by, who help get the cuffs off. Officers patroling in the area saw what was going on and called for an ambulance.
The man was transported to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston.
The incident, which police believe was planned, is not thought to be connected to any other recent or similar attacks, according to Franklin.
No one is in custody.