Chicago police confirmed this morning that two men apprehended and charged yesterday afternoon were responsible for three separate home invasions on the North and West Sides on Saturday. According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, the police nabbed the suspects by using an iPhone GPS app that tracked an iPhone stolen from a University Village apartment in one of the home invasions.
Aaron Smith, 22, of South Bend, Ind., were charged with six counts of home invasion and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm. His alleged accomplice, Joe Parker, 20, of the 5500 block of South Aberdeen Street, was charged with three counts of home invasion.
According to police, Smith and Parker were observed in a stolen vehicle by officers and were taken into custody. A loaded .357 revolver and proceeds from the robbery were also recovered on the scene.
One of the three alleged invasions was on the block of 1800 W. Cuyler St. where an assailant burst in a house at about 5:30 a.m Saturday morning. 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.
Police say Smith and Parker possibly committed two other home invasions that same day in Area 3 an incident on the 900 block of West Sheridan Rd. and a third on the 1100 block of West 13th St.
Smith and Parker are scheduled to appear in bond court this morning.