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Charges filed against seven in Tinley Park restaurant attack

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Five Indiana men have been charged with felony mob action for their roles in an attack Saturday on a group dining at a south suburban restaurant, and two members of the victims group have also been arrested.

Bonds were set ranging from $175,000 to $250,000 for five of the alleged attackers on Monday at the Bridgeview courthouse, the Southtown Star is reporting. All are charged with mob action, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property.

Charged were John Tucker, 26, of Martinsville, Ind.; Cody Sutherland, 23, of Bloomington, Ind.; Dylan Sutherland, 20, and Jason Sutherland, 33, both of Gosport, Ind.; and Alex Stuck, 22, of Bloomington, Ind., Cook County State's Attorney spokeswoman Sally Daly said.

Jason Sutherland's was ordered held on a $250,000 bond; Cody Sutherland on $200,000; and the other three on $175,000 each.

In addition, Tinley Park police said two members of the group that were attacked were also arrested. Steven Eugene Speers, of Grand Forks, N.D. was arrested on a warrant alleging child pornography from Dallas County, Texas; and Francis John Gilroy Jr. of West Palm Beach, Fla., was charged with possession of a weapon by a felon.

A public defender asked for a "reasonable" bond for the five attackers, but Cook County Circuit Court Judge Terence B. Smith noted the attacks were unprovoked and the perpetrators wore masks.

More charges may be filed later, pending further investigation, Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Sally Daly said. Their next court date is June 12.

"There are a lot of people we're still talking with," she said.

They are charged with the attack that took place at The Ashford House, 7959 W. 159th St. in Tinley Park about 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

About 18 masked offenders entered the restaurant with "impact" weapons and attacked a group that was meeting inside, police said. About 10 people were injured, and three were taken to local hospitals.

The group of victims said they belonged to the Illinois European Heritage Assn. Police said no links have been found between the two groups, nor between the groups and NATO protesters.

The offenders fled in three vehicles. One vehicle containing the five men was caught about five minutes later at 159th Street and Harlem Avenue, about a mile from the restaurant.

Police found evidence in the vehicle, including two expandable batons, a knife, a pair of gloves and several dark-colored hooded sweatshirts, prosecutors said.

Law enforcement sources on Sunday said the victims' group was made up of white supremacists, and those who assaulted them were protesters attacking their beliefs.

Tinley Park police said they are still seeking up to 13 other individuals involved in the attack. The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force is also investigating.

Restaurant owner Mike Winston has said property damage repairs will cost $10,000 to $15,000.

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