A Cook County man is suing over claims another man assaulted him and kept from leaving the scene of an accident he witnessed.

Noe Perez filed a lawsuit May 9 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Mark La Civita, citing battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

According to the suit, Perez witnessed a vehicle accident in the 3800 block of Cumberland Avenue in Chicago on May 10, 2012. He claims that when he helped the accident victim,  La Civita began acting very upset and angry at him.

Perez alleges La Civita then punched, pinched, scratched and restrained him, causing injuries and emotional distress.

He is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, attorney fees, court costs and any other relief. He is being represented in the case by Chicago attorneys Edwin Belz and William Knox.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L005083.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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