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Target of Saturday's Attack Believed to be White Supremacists, Tinley Park Mayor Says

Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said police are looking at an anti-racism group as the source of the attack.

Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki said police believe those involved in Saturday’s mob attack inside a local restaurant came from a group called Anti-Racist Action.

Zabrocki told the Chicago Tribune the police are examining the possible connection with the group and that they also believe the target of the attack was a gathering of white supremacists.

The Anti-Racist Action website posted a response Saturday to that officials say included 15 to 18 black-clad people that targeted a specific group. Eyewitnesses told Patch the attackers were armed with bats and hammers.

The website's post credited the attack to a group of “anti-fascists” who directly targeted the gathering.

Ashford House owner Mike Winston said the people who were attacked claimed to be an “Irish heritage association,” the Tribune reports.

Police said on Saturday five people were in custody in connection with the attack. A group of 15 people had fled in three different cars, one of which was stopped minutes after the attack.

The names of those in custody have not been released.

About 10 people were injured in the attack, police said. Three were hospitalized while the rest refused to be treated.

Pat Land May 21, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Patch trumped all the news stations websites on the Ashford House story. From now on this is my go to site for web news. Pat L Palos Heights
Dan Lambert May 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Thanks, Pat! We take a lot of pride in owning local breaking news stories like this one and we has some great editors working on that story.

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