'Ashford House 5' Attacker Thanks Fans for 'Keeping Him Sane' While in Prison

John Tucker says fans of his attack on white supremacists buoyed his spirits with "letters" and "cosmetics."

John Tucker
John Tucker

TINLEY PARK, IL — One of five men who stormed a suspected white supremacist group at Ashford House in Tinley Park in 2012 has a few words for supporters now that he's out of prison.

John Tucker, of the Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement, served 20 months for mob action, armed violence, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property in the Ashford House attack. Tucker and cohorts Cody Sutherlin, Dylan Sutherlin, Alex Stuck, and Jason Sutherlin burst into the restaurant and set upon the white supremacists with bats, axe handles, batons and hammers.

Tucker, via a blog, thanked supporters, telling them their letters "were things of beauty to eyes forced to view the despair of a broken system day after day and eyes that could not help but watch as any glimmer of hope faded from so many youths as they were dehumanized by the tortuous conditions in which they were forced to dwell." 

He went on to write how "a parcel of food here or some cosmetics there so often mean the difference between another night spent hungry or unclean and a good night’s rest, and never doubt the weight of one’s spirit in a time of need.

Your constant stream of letters and cards not only kept myself sane, but also gave tangible, physical proof of solidarity which revealed the tremendous weight of the conviction of people from the real world who likewise are willing to make a stand against the far too often accepted evils of the world, to an incarcerated populace who had often not heard of such people before. 

"... A support network populated by good-hearted, noble people who have often suffered first hand under the weight of unchecked and unopposed malice."

Tucker is the second of the five to be released. Cody, Dylan and Jason Sutherlin remain incarcerated.

The five men pleaded guilty in January 2013 against the advice of their own attorneys who believed they could win at trial. The men, however, weren't willing to risk additional time behind bars if they were to prepare for trial and then lose.
Mike February 13, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Why the heck are you publishing this,, and giving them a forum? What about the Winstons, and the victims of this crime? I am officially DONE with Patch!!
Mike February 13, 2014 at 08:53 PM
Lauren...how about an article on people doing good for others...volunteers....armed services....police...firemen....etc...?
Paul Kowalczyk February 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Some (alleged) racist jackasses were assaulted and the attackers were supported by people behind their cause. I'd say it's news worthy.
Dan February 14, 2014 at 08:01 AM
just means he was not in menard cc.
Dan February 14, 2014 at 08:03 AM
lucky that happened before ccw .
Larry February 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM
They got caught, at the time I was an Auxilary Officer working a detail at 183rd near Harlem. I heard the pursuit on Harlem, phoned my partner at 183rd and Harlem advised him to click the Harlem traffic to Red. And you didn't have to publish this story,You do the Crime Serve the Time!!
Lauren Traut (Editor) February 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Give this one a try, Mike? http://tinleypark.patch.com/groups/schools/p/jrotc-supporters-demand-school-board-save-military-program
B H February 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM
Bless their hearts for standing for something righteous - even if their methods in this instance were not.
sigvard jensen February 15, 2014 at 02:57 AM
Two wrongs always make a right
Eric Graff February 15, 2014 at 05:18 AM
heros not criminals like they beat-up
Megan James February 15, 2014 at 06:20 AM
I agree - Patch should not be given these Criminals any more 15 minutes of fame! JUSTICE WAS SERVED! THEY WETE WRONG! VIOLENCE IS NEVER EVER THE ANSWER! Especially when Racism is you're only motivation! SERIOUSLY PATCH - maybe when you decided to reorg lately, you got wrong of the wrong editors! I'm all for freedom of speech, but responsible freedom of speech! Publishing this promotes racism and making today's world think violence is an ok means to solving whatever issues, no matter who unGODly they are! God is shaking His head at you for publishing this - shame on you! God Bless The innocent victims who were needlessly attacked by this man and this other misguided accompliances! How horrible they have to face reading how even though he was found guilty, he's still raving how violence was right. You brought unnecessary pain to the real victims :(
Larry February 15, 2014 at 07:40 AM
They entered a restaurant and committed their crimes, if they were going to interact, fight it shouldn't have been done there where innocent people could get hurt!!!
Harry Callahan February 15, 2014 at 08:13 AM
@ Lauren were is JOE ? on the tv show "The Following" he is still alive and I see the Patches cult is too ,maybe U and and some of your cult commenters experience what innocent people experience at the Ashford House that Saturday.
Larry February 15, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Harry, I was working for T.P.P.D. clicking, lights at 183rd and 7000 west, I heard the call for help as people in the restaurant were being beaten 10,10, they got caught because we Auxilaries were listening to our 2 way portable radios, I called my partner on my cell and told him to put Harlem lights on Red. After that they were apprehended!!!
Brian White February 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Anti-racists = To protest anything White while turning a blind eye to Black Racism and Islamic extremism. When will these "Anti racists" protest racist Black Panthers on the Streets in Philadelphia that gather on specific corners in downtown every friday to pass out their leaflets of racism? Cowards
Chris February 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Because Brian White, if these so called violent actions were performed against people of different skin color then they would only be considered racist. Anti-racism is the policy or practice of opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance for all races. Violence is not the best solution to racial differences. If violence were involved in the equation, it would be best delivered by people of the same race to show such opposition toward racial ignorance. And in fact, anti-racist practices of races other than whites have occurred . If you haven't seen the movie "Lone Survivor," I suggest you do so.
Lauren Traut (Editor) February 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Harry—are you intimating that Patch editors need to be attacked? I certainly don't appreciate a threat. But perhaps I'm misreading your comment.
Jim Brasher February 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM
he should be deported and NEVER be allowed to reenter the United States for absolutely any reason.
bill marshall February 15, 2014 at 01:05 PM
So I suppose if a few whites went in and attacked some black panthers the story would read the same? Or would the headline be RACIST THUGS released too soon? To editor Lauren... I think what Harry was trying to say is that most patch editors are whiny liberals who want to twist the laws in their direction and might feel different if they were in fact victims of a brutal and illegal beating. Either that or he thinks you lack the common sense god gave a billy goat.
Harry Callahan February 15, 2014 at 01:12 PM
@Lauren read my comment don't try to change what I said,why give this guy press,how about the innocent that were eating at the Ashford House when this dumbkoff and his group start throwing the place up for grabs,my opinion was what if U were eating in the Ashford House with your family and U experience what others did especially little kids.So U take it like it was a threat wow,I think I deserve and apology.
ray February 15, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Gee, change a few words, and a few races and this could be a KKK story. Also like the way the writer begins by calling the victims "allleged" white racists, then drops "alleged" later in the story as if they've been convicted during the writing of the article.
Lauren Traut (Editor) February 15, 2014 at 02:39 PM
Harry—my apologies for misreading your statement. Tone can be a bit hard to read in online commenting, unfortunately. Feel free to reach out to me at lauren.traut@patch.com, if you ever have any questions or concerns.
Anton February 15, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Dumb story, this moron is trying to justify a hate crime, you cannot fight hate with more hate, it only reinforces the haters ignorance. Be it the Aryans, the Aztecas, black panthers, Muslim brotherhood or any other hate or racial supremacy group. The only way to beat them is with education not more hate, white, black, Asian, Latino, or middle eastern they all have groups who hate other races or think their race is superior to others, there is also inner racism. Mexicans that hate Hondurans, Zulus that hate Massi, Cherokee that hate Apache, Russians that hate French, Chinese that hate Japanese and so on that think they are better and visa-versa.. Same with hate speech, you cannot ban hate speech, if the KKK, black panthers, Muslim brotherhood or any other hate group wants to speak at a town square they should be allowed to if only to show the ignorance, once you ban any form of speech even hate groups then you open the door to ban all kinds of speech. I may not agree with what you say but I will defend your right to say it.
Inge Wagner February 15, 2014 at 02:47 PM
The beator is just as racist as the beatee.
Judith February 15, 2014 at 03:11 PM
There are so many comments on this thread that state Patch should not give this new item any more play, that they shouldn't report anything else about it, that they shouldn't have reported it in the first place, that I can't help but wonder why there are so many people who advocate censorship.
Larry February 15, 2014 at 05:37 PM
And don't forget, when you mention ,BLACK- PANTHERS, don't forget our dearly beloved BOBBBBBY RUSH, He was part of that organization back in the day!!!
John T February 15, 2014 at 07:44 PM
They are bigger criminals that the supremist
Harry Callahan February 15, 2014 at 07:47 PM
@Lauren Thank You.
Jay Jonah Jameson February 18, 2014 at 11:43 PM
@Megan , please reread the article. The attackers weren't the racists. The attackers beat up the members of a meeting of racists. Violence isn't the answer, I agree. Try comprehending the article before spouting 'God Bless the innocent victims'.


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