Two south suburban firefighters face charges over allegations that one of them tried to rape a passed-out woman at a party Friday while the other was on look-out.
Merrionette Park firefighters and Chicago residents Marvin Buhle, 24, and Michael Haas, 20, both appeared in Cook County bond court on Sunday. They are each charged with criminal sexual abuse and attempted criminal sexual assault.
Buhle was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail Sunday. Haas was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Haas and Buhle were at a party early Friday morning at a home on the 3900 block of West 109th Street in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood, according to court records.
The victim and her boyfriend were visiting from out of town and didn’t know Haas or Buhle, Assistant State’s Attorney Bridget O’Brien said.
The woman had too much to drink and her boyfriend took her upstairs to lie down in a bedroom, O’Brien said.
He stayed with her for a while then left the bedroom door open and went back to the party, O’Brien said.
Haas and Buhle allegedly told the other guests they were leaving and went upstairs, she said.
Later, the victim’s boyfriend went to check on his girlfriend and found Haas standing in front of the now-closed bedroom door, O’Brien said.
The boyfriend opened the door and allegedly saw Buhle in a “push-up stance” on top of the victim, she said.
Buhle’s pants were down and the previously clothed victim was naked from the waist down, according to court records.
The boyfriend screamed and Buhle tried to flee, according to court records, but he was caught and detained until police arrived and arrested him in the early morning hours Friday.
Buhle told police the victim “had been making eyes at me,” and had invited him upstairs, O’Brien said.
He also told police she had removed her own pants, O’Brien said.
Neither Buhle nor Haas has a criminal background, she said.
Haas’ family was in court Sunday and declined comment.
“He denies the charges and looks forward to fighting them in court,” Haas’ attorney, Sean O’Brien, who is not related to Bridget O’Brien, said outside the courtroom.
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