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Off-Duty Sergeant Recalls Arresting 'Tinley Park 5' After Ashford House Attack

A local police sergeant told Patch the story Tuesday of apprehending five of 18 men who are suspects in a May 19 beating at the Ashford House on 159th Street. She said she saw the group "smashed inside" a red Dodge Neon.

The afternoon of May 19 started off as a pretty typical Saturday for Sgt. Lori Mason.

That is, until just after conducting traffic detail for a graduation ceremony at the local convention center, when she heard .

Her shift had just ended, Mason said. But that didn't stop her from putting her police training to work.

"I had on my gym shoes at the time," the 51-year-old said with a laugh, after fellow officers joked that she was wearing "flip flops." "I changed my shoes and was leaving the station."

It was then that Mason heard a call with five men inside.

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"I was in my unmarked squad, a Chevy Impala," Mason said. "I drove to the area … I understood the seriousness (of the situation) because it was unfolding on the radio."

Then, she spotted the car—one of three getaway cars that were parked near the scene, police have said—passing McDonald's as the driver continued southbound on Harlem Avenue.

"I saw five people smashed inside a red Neon," she said. "I initially didn't want to activate my lights. I wanted to get behind them first because I thought they might run. But traffic was real heavy. I had to turn my lights on so I could turn around."

She said she was "kind of surprised they pulled over," and noted that cooperated fully with her commands when she began calling them over a speaker in her squad car. Her fellow officers showed in a matter of seconds to offer back-up. The men were arrested in the parking lot of Tin Fish on Harlem Avenue near 183rd Street, about 1/2 mile from the .

Each now faces one count of felony mob action. The Indiana residents were identified as Cody Sutherlin, 23; Dylan Sutherlin, 20; Alex Stuck, 22; John Tucker, 26; and Jason Sutherlin, 33. The Sutherlins are brothers.

"Your adrenaline (takes) over," Mason said. "It was like, 'I can't believe this is happening in Tinley.' You really rely on your backup skills."

Mason was honored for her off-duty bravery at Tuesday's Board meeting. Trustees said if not for her, these men may have never been identified.

"The crimes perpetrated at the restaurant were extremely serious and would have been nearly impossible to solve without the immediate arrest of these suspects," said Trustee Brian Maher, chair of the Public Safety Committee. "Sgt. Mason should be recognized for her attention to duty, courage and professionalism making this apprehension." 

Mayor Ed Zabrocki also applauded her initiative. 

"It's too often we hear the negative side of police work," he said. "It's nights like this that make it all worthwhile."

Both Zabrocki and Mason asked that Mason's photo not be published on Tinley Park Patch.

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Joe Malecki August 14, 2012 at 05:52 PM
25 years apiece in jail will "cool their jets"----book em'!
just a girl August 25, 2012 at 01:34 PM
good to know Nazis and other racist scum are loved in Tinley Park.
Nicholas Stix September 05, 2012 at 04:01 AM
"Dogmom5957 "10:43 am on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 "Devalue the victims, they don't care a flip about victims when they are the ones beating, raping & oh yes killing in he name of the all mighty 'white' cause...." While for obvious reasons, I am hardly a fan of Stormfront, I am not aware of its members ever "beating, raping & oh yes killing in he name of the all mighty 'white' cause...." Can you back up your dramatic claim, or are you just a typical racist, lying lefty? I thought so.
Mimereader2 September 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM
The Pioneer Little Europe Prospectus explains that the "Pioneer Europeans" (or Whites) are actually the only people still disrespected, assaulted, and otherwise obstructed when they merely attempt - legally - to become a community of influence. The unfairness causes a severe alienation, and it's the root to any unproductive behaviors by a dispairing minority. It's urgent that we establish strong and healthy social bonds as a remedy, raising up a new and conscious model of the White community to replace the social compact that's long been violated. Pro-White people of every purist view are invited to participate, learning what works along the way. We will be assisting the establishment's parties, churches of every denomination, businesses, and law enforcement in the local areas that offer the best amenities for this task.
Joe Ski September 27, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Why dont people get upset over all black business owner meetings? I have worked at the Tinley Convention center a few yeaes back that rented a meeting room to that cause...

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