Murder charges for man held in home invasion

Jermalle Brown

Charges have been upgraded to murder for a 19-year-old accused of home invasion in a July 25 incident on the South Side that left one of his fellow attackers dead, police said.

Jermalle Brown, 19, of the 7100 block of South East End Avenue was charged with murder in the accidental shooting death of Douglas Bufford, 16, police said.

Brown was already in custody because he’d been charged only with committing a home invasion, police said. He had appeared in bond court July 28 and was being held in lieu of $250,000, according to jail records.

Brown did not appear Saturday in court.

Police said that about 9:45 p.m. July 25, four or five males forced their way into a home on the 1400 block of East 73rd Street in the Grand Crossing neighborhood and announced a robbery.

One of a group accidentally shot a fellow attacker, identified as Bufford, in the back of the head with a shotgun, police said. The homeowner wasn’t injured, according to authorities.

In addition to Brown, a 16-year-old was also charged but his name was not available. It was not clear who the shooter was.

An autopsy July 30 determined Bufford died of a shotgun wound to the head, according to the Cook County medical examiner‘s office. Bufford was pronounced dead July 29 at 1:55 p.m. atJohn H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, the medical examiner’s office said.


Alleged Tinley Park Ashford House attackers indicted

BRIDGEVIEW (Sun-Times Media Wire) –

Five Indiana men accused of storming a Tinley Park restaurant and attacking alleged white supremacists meeting were indicted Tuesday in Cook County court.


The 37 counts that each of the five now face are more serious than at the time of their May arrest, Sun-Times Media is reporting.


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 to enter pleas.


Cook County 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 ten. 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-rasict – I’m not affiliated with any organization, but I gladly accept the title of being anti-racist,” said Aaron Goldstein, an attorney for Jason Sutherlin.


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.

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