A woman was recently physically assaulted in an alley in River North while two security guards for a big bar stood nearby and did nothing to prevent it.
That video was part of a trial filed Monday by the woman upon the River North restaurant.
“She is not well,” said Attorney Brian Monico. “This is something that is deeply traumatizing to her and she is going to be in a bad way for a long time.”
She’s suing as a Jane Doe, a Florida lady in her early 20’s who had won a weekend getaway tour to Chicago.
Her lawyers say on Oct. 18, the woman visited El Hefe, a famous restaurant and bar on Hubbard, when she began feeling sick.
“She may have been narcotized or something had been given to her to manipulate her and she deteriorated very quickly,” said Monico.
Surveillance video of the alley behind the bar shows El Hefe’s security guards unlocking the back door before a man in red shoes walks the lady outside, holding her up by the neck.
The guards do nothing as he begins her down to the end of the alley, where he pushes her against a dumpster and then physically assaults her. The lawyers believe the suspect either works at the bar or knows someone who serves there.
“Not only as he’s walking out with her does the man in the red shoes wave them off, but also as the two security guards are out there standing and laughing and watching as though this is something of a joke for them,” said Attorney John Chwarzynski.
The lady was left unconscious until someone called 911. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial where doctors discovered she had been forced.
The bar told her attorneys their video surveillance system was down at the moment of the attack, and Chicago Police remain to search for the suspect.
“Someone has to know him,” said Attorney Robert Fakhouri. “So we’re pleading with the public to help us identify this man.”
El Hefe is occupied by a restaurant group out of Scottsdale, Arizona. Our calls and emails to them have not been responded to.