Arrests Made In Home Invasion Cases

By Carrie Miller | Sunday, December 11, 2011

Police have arrested two suspects in connection with at least two North Side home invasion incidents reported on Saturday morning, Center Square Journal has learned, including one where a family was briefly held at gunpoint and robbed.

Until they are charged, the Chicago Police Department is withholding the names of the accused, but police confirm the suspects were picked up in connection with at least “two of three” alleged home invasion incidents reported by 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar on Saturday, but would not indicate if they are connected to a fourth incident on the far Northwest Side. The three incidents referenced happened early Saturday morning on the 1800 block of W. Cuyler Ave., the 900 block of W. Sheridan Rd. and the 1800 block of W. Berteau Ave.

Police would not say whether there were additional incidents that have not been made public.

Around 5:30 a.m Saturday, an assailant burst in a house on the 1800 block of Cuyler after a female resident answered an early morning knock at the front door, a friend of the victims’ told the Center Square Journal. The offender briefly held the woman, her husband and their young son hostage and then fired one shot in the floor before fleeing the scene with a laptop and cash. The man received a flash burn as a result of the shot fired.

Earlier Saturday morning, according to Pawar, there was another home invasion at the 900 block of W. Sheridan Rd., with a suspect fitting the same description: a black man between 20 and 25 years old, 6’2″ to 6’5″, weighing between 180-220 pounds with brown eyes, long black hair and a medium complexion. In the third incident on the 1800 block of Berteau, which reportedly took place between the two others, a homeowner did not respond to a man pounding on the door asking for money to fix a vehicle and did not get a look at the person.

Police say they plan to issue a news release when charges are filed.

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