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Tinley Park Restaurant Mob Attack: 7 Men Face Criminal Charges In Targeted Beating

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The Ashford House in Tinley Park, Ill.
The Ashford House in Tinley Park, Ill.

Seven men have been arrested in connection with a violent attack in a southwest suburban Chicago restaurant that reportedly targeted a group of white supremacists.

Police have charged five men with aggravated battery, mob action and criminal damage to property in the attack at the Ashford House restaurant in Tinley Park, Ill.: Jason W. Sutherlin, 33, of Gosport, Ind., Cody Lee Edward Sutherlin, 23, of Bloomington, Ind., Dylan James Sutherlin, 20, of Bloomington, Ind., Alex R. Stuck, 22, of Bloomington, Ind., and James S. Tucker, 26, of Spencer, Ind., according to Fox Chicago.

Bail was set Monday for the five men and ranged from $175,000 and $250,000.

Also arrested were Stephen Eugene Spears of Grand Forks, N.D. and Francis J. Gilroy, Jr. of West Palm Beach, Fla., who were members of the group that was attacked, for unrelated offenses. They have not yet been charged.

Ten people were hurt Saturday when a group of 18 people wearing black hoodies and face-concealing bandanas entered the Tinley Park restaurant and attacked a group of diners with metal batons and hammers.

According to Fox Chicago, the group -- described by witnessed as white and in their late teens or early 20s -- stormed into the restaurant and appeared to target one group of diners believed to be white supremacists. One witness said they overheard the group chanting political slogans before entering the restaurant.

In court Sunday, prosecutors identified the victims as members of the Illinois European Heritage Association but did not discuss whether the victims participated in white supremacy groups, according to the Chicago Tribune. Police believe the attackers are members of a group called Anti-Racist Action, which posted about the incident on their website and suggested that the intended victims were white supremacists.

Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki described both groups -- the attackers and victims -- as "extreme" to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"It’s extreme stances — the anti-racism group is against racism, against anti-semitism, against homophobia, where the other group is for white people only," Zabrocki told the Sun-Times.

One victim, Beckie Williams, told the Chicago Tribune that claims that the group is racist are "ridiculous."

A long-time waitress at the restaurant previously described the scene to the Tribune as "the scariest … day of my life. They took out the whole restaurant. It was absolutely horrible."

An investigation into the attack is ongoing.

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