Home Invasion Spree Robbers Remain Jailed

By Carrie Miller | Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Aaron Smith (left) and Joe Parker remain behind bars, charged with multiple counts of home invasion. Photo from Chicago Police.

Two men charged with an armed home invasion spree in early December remain behind bars awaiting trial.

Aaron Smith, 22, of South Bend, Ind. is being held without bond for his alleged ringleader role in three home invasions on Chicago’s North and West Sides December 10.

He faces 12 criminal counts in total, including two felonies for pistol whipping the pair’s three victims on the 1100 block of West 13th Street in University Village.  A victim on the 1800 block of West Cuyler was burned by the muzzle flash of a .357 magnum pistol Smith is alleged to have fired into the home’s floor during the 5:30 a.m. robbery. A third home invasion in the brash daylight spree was on the 900 block of West Sheridan Road, police say.

Joe Parker, 20, and reportedly Smith’s accomplice, has not posted the $300,000 bond set for his three criminal charges, which include one count of home invasion and two counts of home invasion that caused injury. Police list Parker’s home address as the 5500 block of S. Aberdeen.

Smith’s lengthy list of charges also includes resisting arrest, weapons charges and cannabis possession.

Both men will make preliminary appearances in court on Thursday.

Police apprehended the pair the day after the robberies by using the iPhone “find my phone” feature of one of the victims cell phones. The pair are also accused of stealing computers, jewelry and cash.

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