Bucktown Beating Suspects Plead Not Guilty

Heriberto Viramontes and Marcy Cruz indicted with 25 felony counts

Friday, Jun 4, 2010  |  Updated 9:12 PM CDT
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Heriberto Viramontes, 30, and Marcy Cruz, 25, have been charged with two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of armed robbery for attacking two women in Bucktown with a baseball bat.

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A man and woman accused of beating two women unconscious with a baseball bat in a Bucktown neighborhood robbery in April pleaded not guilty to 25 felony counts on Friday.

Heriberto Viramontes and Marcy Cruz are charged with the April 23 attack that left Stacy Jurich and Natasha McShane critically injured.

Viramontes and Cruz were indicted with 25 felony counts on May 17, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Both were formally charged with 10 counts of aggravated battery, four counts of misuse of a credit card less than $300, two counts each of attempted murder, armed robbery, aggravated unlawful restraint, unlawful restraint and use of another's credit card, as well as one count of armed violence.

On Friday, Viramontes and Cruz both pleaded not guilty to the charges. They will appear for a status hearing on July 7, Simonton said.

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