2 Men Charged With Sexually Assaulting Ill. Bartender in Bar's Restroom: Police

Two men are accused of sexually assaulting a far south suburban bartender as she went to the bathroom while working over the weekend.

Police said the alleged assault took place around 1:30 a.m. Saturday at a bar in the 100 block of East Washington Street in Momence.

A 38-year-old woman was working as a bartender when two male customers assaulted her in the bar’s restroom, authorities said.

The victim identified her alleged attackers and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Momence Police Chief Jeff Cavender later requested the assistance of the Manteno Police Department in the case after discovering the two suspects both had personal and professional affiliations with members of the Momence Police Department.

On Thursday, Manteno police charged 39-year-old John Harrison and 45-year-old Thomas Madison, both of Momence, with criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint.

Both men are being held at the Jerome Combs Detention Center pending a bond hearing. It was not immediately known if either had an attorney.

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