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Fremd grad's beating in Chicago brings charge
Suburban native saved woman from beating
By Eric Peterson | Daily Herald Staff

Matthew Leone, formerly of Inverness, rests in his hospital room.


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Published: 7/3/2010 12:00 AM

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The man accused of beating an Inverness dermatologist's son who stopped the beating of a woman was charged Friday.

Matthew Leone, a 1993 graduate of Fremd High School in Palatine and a member of the prominent Chicago rock band Madina Lake, is recovering after he was severely beaten when he intervened in a violent domestic dispute he came across on the street early Tuesday morning. He was in fair condition Friday at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.

Police said Friday Justin Pivec, 33, of the 1400 block of West Ohio Street, was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. He was charged Tuesday with the battery of his wife.

Pivec is due in bond court Saturday morning.

On his blog "Madina Swan," Matthew's twin brother, Nathan Leone, reported that a third of his brother's skull had been removed while the swelling on his brain went down.

As Nathan described it, Matthew was going to meet a friend for a drink at a bar on the 1300 block of West Ohio Street when he saw a man beating his wife severely.

"Being the most amazing, strong, heroic and incredible person I know, even though the guy was twice his size, Matthew intervened," Nathan wrote. "He managed to subdue the guy for a second, and since his wife was beat up pretty good, called the cops. As he did so, the guy jumped him from behind and beat him. This guy did things I can't even type. Afterwards, he and his beaten wife left Matthew unconscious on the street."

Both musicians are the sons of Dr. Giulio Leone, whose Leone Dermatology Center has locations in Arlington Heights and Bloomingdale.

Matthew and Nathan lost their mother in a car accident when they were 12 years old.

"The family is very concerned and praying for Matthew's complete recovery," Dr. Leone said in a statement Friday. "They want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time."

On his blog, Nathan vowed to stay at his brother's side at the hospital. Efforts to contact him there Friday were unsuccessful.

"The world can be evil beyond belief and as much as we want this evil eliminated, right now our hearts, heads and energies need to go to my best friend, soul mate, hero and angel, Matthew," Nathan wrote.

"Love you all and will be in touch as soon as I can muster up the emotional energy to reach out again. Please, be safe and peaceful as we get through this impossible time."

Matthew and Nathan have been in bands together since 1998, with Madina Lake being the latest. The band is named after the fictitious town in a story called "The Auspice," which Matthew wrote and posted online.

Saved: Victim son of Inverness dermatologist