Woman raped outside popular Chicago bar as security guards watch in horrific incident caught on video
The woman filed a lawsuit against El Hefe on Monday, November 25, over the October 18 incident which was caught on camera
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: An Florida woman was sexually assaulted outside a Chicago bar even as two security guards for the establishment stood by and joked around while watching the assault unfold.
The woman, who has only been identified as Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit against El Hefe—a popular bar and restaurant on Hubbard in River North—this past Monday, November 25, over the October 18 incident which was caught on camera, according to Fox32 Chicago.
The lawsuit states that the woman, who said she is in her 20s, had been in Chicago because she had won a getaway trip to the city and began feeling ill at El Hefe on the evening of the assault.
Surveillance video from the alley behind the bar shows two security guards opening the back door before a man in red shoes walks her outside while holding her up by the neck.
The two guards do nothing as the man leads her down the alley and briefly head back into the building. They come out a few seconds later, but just stand idly by as he pushes her up against a dumpster and sexually assaults her.
Speaking about the incident, her attorney Brian Monico said, "She may have been drugged or something had been given to her to manipulate her and she deteriorated very quickly."
"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 the victim's other attorney, John Chwarzynski.
She was left unconscious at the scene until someone was alerted to her condition and called 911. She was transported to Northwestern Memorial where doctors determined she had been raped. She told police that she blacked out and doesn't remember anything after getting to El Hefe.
"She is not well," Monico said. "This is something that is deeply traumatizing to her and she is going to be in a bad way for a long time."
The lawyers believe that the suspect, who has not yet been identified, either works at the bar or knows someone who works there.
El Hefe has claimed their video surveillance system inside was down at the time of the attack.