Five indicted in attack at Tinley Park restaurant
BY LAUREN FITZPATRICK Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org June 12, 2012 2:12PM
Updated: July 14, 2012 6:30AM
Five Indiana men accused of storming a Tinley Park restaurant and attacking alleged white supremacists meeting there learned Tuesday that they’ve been indicted.
Each faces 37 counts, including armed violence, mob action and aggravated battery.
Charged are John Tucker, 26; Alex Stuck, 22; and brothers Cody Sutherlin, 23; Dylan Sutherlin, 20; and Jason Sutherlin, 33. All appeared in khaki scrubs issued by the Cook County Jail, where they’re being held. All return to court on June 21.
Circuit Court Judge Joan M. O’Brien also ordered the men to submit to a cheek swab for DNA comparison against evidence recovered from the restaurant, including gloves, hats and a red claw hammer covered in duct tape.
Prosecutors have said the men barged into The Ashford House restaurant in Tinley Park on May 19, wearing masks and hoods, and attacked a group of restaurant patrons with bats, injuring 10. Police said the attackers, 18 in all, were anti-fascists targeting a group of white supremacists. The diners denied that their group, the Illinois European Heritage Association, believes in white supremacy.
An eyewitness told the SouthtownStar he heard one of the hooded men say, “Hey, bitches, the ARA is going to f--- up this place.”
Police believe the men have ties to the Anti-Racist Action group, a left-wing group that often resorts to violent acts.
None of their attorneys, who volunteered to represent them for free, would confirm that.
“I’m certainly anti-racist — I’m not affiliated with any organization, but I gladly accept the title of being anti-racist,” Aaron Goldstein, an attorney for Jason Sutherlin, said after the hearing at the Bridgeview courthouse.
Stuart Smith said he took Tucker’s case because “it was the right thing to do.”
He pointed to criminal histories of the alleged victims, two of whom were charged in separate cases after The Ashford House attack.