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Deputy fire chief accused in brutal home invasion, assault

The Chicago Ridge deputy fire chief was arrested over the weekend and accused in a brutal home invasion in Tinley Park.

Gary Swiercz is also facing attempted murder and sexual assault charges.

Police say he broke into a woman’s south suburban home Saturday morning, armed with a knife.  He forced her to the floor and then beat her, according to police.

He was later found by officers in the building’s parking lot.

Chicago Ridge Fire Department officials announced Sunday that Swiercz has been put on administrative leave pending an investigation into the charges.

Swiercz is free on bond with an electronic monitoring bracelet after he posted $15,000 Sunday night. That is 10-percent of $150,000 bond that was set.

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7 Comments to “Deputy fire chief accused in brutal home invasion, assault”

    Matt said:
    January 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    They need to ban knives now!

      Tired of the Morons said:
      January 6, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      Agreed. Time to mount another soap box. Down with knives.

        Smiling Politely said:
        January 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        No gun=nobody killed. Duh!

    Homes said:
    January 7, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Admin leave = paid leave at taxpayers expense unitl further notice.

    Another flaw in our system that these "trash" will benefit from.

    Jonathan said:
    January 7, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Chief of Police from robbins, DUI, now a Deputy Fire Chief involved in a brutal home invasion?? What's next? Nuns??

    Johnny ray said:
    January 7, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Why is it that all city/govt. workers get sent home with pay when the have committed a crime? Can't understand it!

    Sarah said:
    January 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Very sad to say that I live in this town…they need to rehaul the entire village….mayor secretary in jail for child molestation, who knows who else they have working in that town…wouldn't be surprised if its all corrupt!

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