UPDATE 4/17/2013 – The four men involved in the beatings have been found guilty and sentenced in connection to the attacks in July of last year. The update follows the original story below.
Originally posted 7/9/2012
Illinois (The Gaslamp Post) – Four men are in custody after a weekend attack on random individuals during the early hours of this past Sunday morning. According to WMAQ-TV, the group of men was driving through the north side Wrigleyville neighborhood, jumped out of a white stretch limo, and filmed random beatings before fleeing the scene.
Three men, one 21-year-old and two 27-year-old men, were reportedly injured in the attacks. One of the 27-year-old men was hospitalized with a broken jaw.
Although the media has declined to comment on the race of the victims, when asked if this was a hate crime, police responded, “they are looking into all possibilities.”
A police officer was also injured while Chicago police were taking the men into custody.
According to police, the group drove up to random victims in a limo, jumped out, attacked and beat them while video taping it, and then fled the scene in that same limo. The limo was gone when police finally caught up with the suspects.
According to the families of the suspects, the group was only filming a music rap video for one of the suspects new songs, “Take A Sip” when the beating occurred. They claim that the suspects were victims of racial slurs and were being harassed.
32-year-old Cory Simmons, 31-year-old Donald Robinson, and 31-year-old Edward Robinson were charged today with aggravated battery and felony mob action. They were each ordered held on $400,000 bond.
The fourth man, 32-year-old Alvin Goffin was charged with mob action and is held on $250,000.
(h/t: Drudge Report)
UPDATE 4/17/2013: The four suspects in the case have pleaded guilty to at least three counts of felony mob action Monday in Cook County Court. Three of the four men; Donald Robinson, Corry Simmons, and Edward Robinson also pleaded guilty to at least three felony counts of aggravated battery.
Simmons also received an additional charge of resisting a peace officer, when he injured the Chicago police officer who was attempting to arrest him.
Robinson, Simmons, and Robinson were each sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay court costs.
The fourth man, Alvin Goffin pleaded guilty to felony aggravated battery and received one year probation.
One of the victims in the case, one Mr. Kyle Schake, 27, said he was standing outside of a club shortly after 1:00 am on the night on the attack, and was texting his friends in an attempt to locate them. He stated that all at once he was sucker-punched and recalls nothing after hitting the sidewalk except waking up in the hospital several hours later.
“My teeth got pushed back. I actually don’t remember, because when I got knocked out, they have it on tape or something, they said I was texting on my phone looking down trying to find where my friends were because they left before me. And when I looked up and I got sucker-punched in the face.”
Schacke says he blacked out after hitting the sidewalk and cracking his head. He woke up seven hours later in the hospital.
Relatives of the convicted still stand by their story that the men were driving around in a white stretch limo while filming a rap video. They say that there exists video evidence of their family members being taunted with racial slurs on the night of the attack, but such video has yet to surface.