Lake Forest Man Accused of Punching Fellow Costco Shopper
A customer dispute outside the Mettawa Costco store that became physical resulted in the arrest of a Lake Forest man on battery charges Tuesday.
Lake Forest resident Bruce Mordini, 48, of the 400 block of Ridge Road, was arrested Tuesday at the Costco in Mettawa and charged with aggravated battery after police said he punched a 61-year-old fellow shopper, reported the Daily Herald.
The victim reportedly drove his vehicle to the store's front door to load groceries when Mordini, a former Highland Park High School basketball star, began yelling and accusing the man and his wife of nearly striking him, according to the Daily Herald. The incident escalated to Mordini allegedly striking the man twice, once in front of Costco employees.
Mordini stands 6 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds, while the victim is 5 feet, 8 inches, reported the Lake County News-Sun. Mordini's defense attorney told the Lake County News-Sun that his client played basketball at Bradley University and also played professional basketball.
Mordini posted 10 percent of a $10,000 bond Wednesday pending an April 2 court date, reported the Daily Herald.