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Sixth arrest made in Ashford House melee

Updated: August 17, 2013 6:30AM



A sixth man has been charged in connection with the May 2012 attack on a group of alleged white supremacists at a Tinley Park restaurant.

Tinley Park police said they arrested Jason R. Hammond, 28, of 3309 S. Morgan St., Chicago, on July 11. Hammond was charged with aggravated battery, armed violence and mob action in the May 19, 2012 attack at The Ashford House, 7959 W. 159th St.

In all, 18 people wielding bats, hammers and other weapons converged on the reputed white supremacists, members of the Illinois European Heritage Association, who were meeting at the restaurant, according to police.

Five men were apprehended soon after the attack and charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery, armed violence and mob action.

In January, the five, all from Indiana, each pleaded guilty to armed violence, and the remaining charges were dropped. They were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 31/2 years to 6 years.

Prosecutors said the five were affiliated with the Anti-Racist Action Group, which the Southern Poverty Law Center described as a radical left-wing group that often resorts to violence.



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