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Bystander held down, beaten after confronting two men who made inappropriate comments to children

Jamaine B. Craft Jr., 37, of Woodstock, and Johnny J. Hendrix, 27, of Rockford.

A bystander who confronted two men that made inappropriate comments toward two juvenile girls was held down and beaten Friday in Woodstock, police said.

Jamaine B. Craft Jr., 37, of Woodstock, and Johnny J. Hendrix, 27, of Rockford, were both charged with aggravated battery in a public place, a Class 3 felony, and mob action, a Class 4 felony.

The Woodstock Police Department responded around 7:30 p.m. Friday to the 200 block of North Benton Street for a report of a fight in progress.

Responding officers arrived and located a large crowd of people gathered on the sidewalk and roadway at the location, which is at the Woodstock Square.

Woodstock Deputy Police Chief Ray Lanz said that officers identified three subjects who were involved.

An investigation was conducted which included multiple independent witnesses and video surveillance.

Officers determined that Craft and Hendrix battered an adult male after speaking to them for making inappropriate comments toward two juvenile females who were walking down the sidewalk.

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A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said that Craft punched the victim in the face.

Hendrix then pulled the victim to the ground by his shoulders and clothing while Craft continued to strike the victim in the body, the complaint said.

Paramedics were called to the scene but the victim was not seriously injured and did not require hospitalization.

Officers arrested the two suspects, who both had outstanding arrest warrants for separate incidents, and transported them to the McHenry County Jail.