Police: Mob Attacked Specific Group of People Inside Tinley Park Restaurant

Ten people were injured in the Saturday afternoon attack. Three were hospitalized.

Updated at 8:52 p.m.

A group of ‘anti-facists’ are being credited with Saturday’s mob-style attack inside a Tinley Park restaurant.

An anti-racist website posted a response to the Patch story "Police: Mob Attacked Specific Group of People Inside Tinley Park Restaurant." The post states that “a group of 30 anti-fascists descended” on the restaurant “where the 5th annual White Nationalist Economic Summit and Illinois White Nationalist Meet-and-Greet" was reportedly taking place.

“These anti-fascists are committed to shutting down and attacking any racist, nationalist or fascist organizers or individuals that they encounter,” the post states.

Tinley Park police have not confirmed the claims.

Updated at 8:06 p.m.

Police are holding five people suspected in the mob-style attack Saturday afternoon at a Tinley Park restaurant.

All are white men, according to police.

The group of about 15 people dressed all in black who reportedly attacked a group of people around 12:45 p.m. inside Ashford House fled in three vehicles, police said. One vehicle was stopped five minutes after the attack near 159th and Harlem while the remaining vehicles managed to get away.

The names of those being held in custody were not immediately available. It wasn't clear if any of the men have been charged. 

Updated at 4:43 p.m.

Tinley Park police have confirmed that 15 to 18 people dressed in black appear to have targeted a specific group for attack inside Ashford House Saturday afternoon.

"At this time, it has been reported that a group of 15 to 18 people dressed in black entered the establishment and began an altercation with a specific group of people dining in the restaurant," according to a media release sent late Saturday afternoon. 

It appears to be an isolated incident and not a random attack, police said. They have not released whether anyone has been arrested or charged.

About 10 people were injured, police said. Three were taken to local hospitals and the rest refused treatment.

The attack, which reportedly involved people in black clothing, hoods and masks wielding bats, happened at about 12:45 p.m. 

Updated at 3:47 p.m.

An employee at the Ashford House said a woman, who appeared to be in her mid 40s with several tattoos on both arms, stopped into the Tinley Park restaurant Friday and made a noon reservation Saturday for 10 people. Around noon Saturday, people started gathering in the parking lot, but they did not appear to know each other prior.

“It all seemed strange to me from the beginning,” said the employee, who asked not to be named. “They were doing introductions and pacing around the parking lot before coming in.”

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Five people sat down at a table in the restaurant and waited for another 10 to arrive, when another group of people wearing masks came into the restaurant and began damaging the place.

“Tables were being thrown and chairs were broken,” the employee said. “Then they were gone. They flashed in and out. They had people waiting for them outside.”

The assailants attacked at least one restaurant employee, the employee said. They also painted something unclear on a restaurant wall, the employee said.

The woman who made the reservation said the group tours Irish festivals around the country, according to the employee. 

Updated at 3:30 p.m.

One witness who was in Ashford House during the attack told Patch that several people were taken away in ambulances. It was immediately unclear how seriously the people attacked in the restaurant were hurt.

Updated at 3:01 p.m.

Although Patch editors were in the area of the Ashford House around 3 p.m., no members of the media were being allowed on the scene.

Officers at the declined to comment on details of the incident or the nature of victims' injuries. Records staff members said they were unsure if a press conference would be held later in the day, but department officials will be sending information as it becomes available.

In the mean time, reporters were being asked to assemble at the nearby NuMark Credit Union, 8001 West 159th St.

Updated at 2:38 p.m.

Up to 20 people clad in black clothing and wearing black hoods walked into the Ashford House Restaurant in and began attacking patrons inside the restaurant with hammers and clubs, witnesses said.

The attack took place around noon Saturday. Ambulances were called to the scene for “multiple battery victims.” were still on the scene as of 2:50 p.m.

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Lauryn Drozd, 22, was attending a wedding shower at Ashford House located at 7959 W. 159th St. when the incident occurred.

“They started hitting people with bats and hammers,” Drozd said. “They had hoods up.”

She added that it appeared the black-hooded group was targeting a specific person but she was not sure if it was their intent.

It was not known Saturday at 2:30 p.m. if the attack was related to the NATO summit taking place in Chicago this weekend or if could gang related.

Patch editors Nick Swedberg and Ben Feldheim are on scene.

Joseph Dughetti June 29, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I am a 56 year old man, living here in Tinley Park. I frequent this restaurant, and by god as my witness. If I were there at the time of this assault the out come would have been gravely different. I give every one the benefit of there own mind on issues, and at times agree to disagree. But when someones opinion or actions places Myself, Loveones, or a third party in danger of serious bodily injury, I am trained to respond with up to deadly force in opposition. Being there were more than two persons involved, displaying weapons, I am a civilan without powers of arrest nor can I call for backup. I would of had no choice but to shoot to kill. Like I said the out come would have been diffrent.Now I find myself breaking the IL law on firearm carry at a greater frequency after the past two assaults committed here in Tinley Park. Our police force are trained to protect themselves not you or me. The T.P.P.D. have proven to many residents to be nothing more than an elaborate clean up crew. So bottom line is I am forced to take care of myself and you if I am around. This state needs to join the rest of the country an stop forcing good people to live life as a criminal while carrying a concealed defensive firearm.
frank June 29, 2012 at 05:13 AM
What do you have to say Tinley Park Police? Did you resolve your K-9 handler's dog lawsuit? Have you answered complaints about lack of police follow up to tips in your mall murders? People seem to be angry with the TPPD! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Joseph Dughetti June 30, 2012 at 05:38 PM
The T.P.P.D are a group of at times verry unprofensical punks. There Idea of serving the comiunity is to seatbelt ticket full grown men and women who have there own mind on there saftey. Stop people from watering there property. Hand out tickets to drivers with a lamp out on there car. Stop, question, and advise home owners not to carry defensive firearms on there property. Then back peddel and advise concealment of the firearm if you must carry. Bottom line, everyone that does anything out side of your house better know the law. Its clear that the T.P.P.D. act with impulsive punk like behavior and need training on the astablished laws in order to respectfully uphold them. Be prepaired to dismiss the T.P.P.D. from your property, or excuse yourself from there presence free to go when stoped for no aparent law being broken. This is not naitzy germiny nor are we under police state control. Its a crime when good people are infringed opon by the people hired to serve them. Do whatever it takes to stand up for yourself at all times, To all people, Is clearly the only way to go anymore. This country is slowly changing to a police and government dictatorship! Controled by people who dont care about you, and could not take care of themself in a crisis if they had to!!!!!
Noora Horeish September 19, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I remember when this happened, every kid I knew was scared to leave their house because of the attackers. LOL
justice September 27, 2012 at 01:01 PM
L O L will they get anything from Santa this year ??


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