Man guilty of punching friend during divorce argument in Naperville

A 45-year-old man with a violent criminal background has been placed on probation, for punching a friend at a Naperville bar while the friend was discussing the man’s history of divorce.

Lisle resident Randall P. Coleman has been arrested or ticketed at least 25 times since 1985, and convicted of crimes that include domestic battery and drunken driving, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.

Coleman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to an amended charge of battery, stemming from the 2012 incident in Naperville. Court records indicated the original charges against him, which included two felony counts of aggravated battery in a public place and one count of criminal damage to property, were dismissed.

Judge Robert G. Kleeman that day accepted Coleman’s plea and placed him on 18 months of probation, records showed. Coleman also was ordered to pay unspecified fines and court costs.

A Naperville police spokesman said Coleman surrendered on Feb. 27, 2013 at the police station, following a late 2012 incident at a restaurant and bar on East Chicago Avenue. The spokesman did not identify the business.

Coleman on the night in question “got mad at a friend who was discussing (Coleman’s) previous divorces,” the spokesman said.

“After they exited the establishment, (Coleman) punched the victim, and then threw him against a plate glass window” of an adjacent, vacant storefront, shattering the glass in the process, the spokesman said. The other man suffered “a swollen lip and cuts to his right hand,” the spokesman said.

An examination of court records showed Coleman was arrested in May 1991 for battery in Lisle; in October 1991 for domestic battery in Naperville; in November of that year for telephone harassment in Naperville; and in February 1997 for driving under the influence of alcohol in Naperville. He was found guilty in all four cases, and was fined or placed on probation or court supervision each time, according to records.

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