2 Firefighters Charged With Trying to Rape Woman at Party

Prosecutors say one firefighter tried assaulting the woman while the other stood lookout

By Christian Farr
|  Monday, Jun 17, 2013  |  Updated 1:55 PM CDT
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2 Firefighters Charged With Trying to Rape Woman

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Marvin Buhle (left) and Michael Haas

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A south suburban firefighter is accused of trying to rape a woman last week at a house party while another firefighter acted as his lookout, prosecutors say.

Merrionette Park firefighters Marvin Buhle, 24, and Michael Haas, 20, were both charged with attempted criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault after the alleged Friday night incident.

The two appeared in court Sunday. Buhle was ordered held on $250,000 bond, and Haas was held on $100,000 bond.

The Cook State's Attorney's Office said the attempted assault happened at a home in the 3900 block of West 109th Street on Chicago's Far South Side. During the party, a 22-year-old woman became sick and was taken by her boyfriend to an upstairs bedroom so she could rest, prosecutors said Sunday in court.

Prosecutors said when the woman's boyfriend went back to check on her a short time later, Haas was standing in front of the door. The boyfriend pushed passed Haas, prosecutors said, opened the door and found Buhle on top of his "unconscious and naked" girlfriend with his pants down.

Police were called to the home and arrested Buhle and Haas, who do not live far from where the attempted assaulted occurred and who are described by neighbors as well-respected men.

The Village of Merrionette Park said in a statement it has requested a thorough and independent criminal investigation of the incident. Both men were removed from active duty status Monday morning. 

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