New Charges in Bucktown Bat Attack

Both victims are seeking treatment in rehab to recover from injuries

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Thursday, May 20, 2010  |  Updated 7:30 AM CDT
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BUCKTOWN BEATINGS

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BUCKTOWN BEATINGS

24 YEAR OLD STACY JURICH AND 23 YEAR OLD NATASHA MCSHANE ARE HOSPITALIZED AFTER THEY WERE ATTACKED BY A MAN WITH A BASEBALL BAT EARLY FRIDAY MORNING IN THE BUCKTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD.
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A pair of suspects in custody for a vicious bat attack in the Bucktown neighborhood  face a new slew of charges.

In a 25-count indictment, authorities piled on more charges against Heriberto Viramontes, 31, and Marcy Cruz, 25, including  attempted murder and aggravated unlawful restraint, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The couple originally faced only armed robbery and aggravated battery charges.

Police said last month Viramontes hit Stacy Jurich, 24, and Natasha McShane, a 23-year-old exchange student, with a baseball bat knocking them unconscious and stealing their purses under a railroad viaduct in the 1800 block of North Damen. Cruz waited in a vehicle during the attack, according to authorities.

Surveillance video at a nearby gas station after the attack captured the pair trying to buy gas with the victims' credit cards, police said. Investigators tracked down the suspects down using those credit card records.

Jurich and McShane are undergoing rehabilitation to recover from their injuries, the paper reports.

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