Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOTCHED HOME INVASION: Rifle, Shotgun, Handgun, Offenders In Custody

An officer inspects a shotgun recovered after a home invasion in the 1800 block of Belmont.  (Chris Lalla)
Two gunmen are in custody after a home invasion led to a dramatic police pursuit across Roscoe Village and Lake View during the Tuesday evening rush.

An officer on routine patrol was flagged down at Belmont and Ravenswood at 6PM by a citizen who informed him of a home invasion that had just occurred. The witness pointed to a shotgun, shells, and a rifle that the offenders ditched in some nearby grass.

Police outside the targeted home. (Chris Lalla)
19th district officers immediately launched a dragnet for the two young offenders who fled on foot, still armed with a 45-caliber handgun.

The two made their way to the nearby Paulina Brown Line stop and boarded a westbound train that was packed with home-bound commuters. Police stopped the train at Montrose where one offender leaped from the platform onto the roof of a nearby home, then shimmied to ground level and continued his escape attempt.

After a short search process, both offenders were taken into custody—one on the Metra train tracks in the 4400 block of Ravenswood and the other in an alley behind the 4300 block of Honore.

Neither was armed at the time of arrest, so police launched another search for the missing handgun. It, and a supply of ammunition, were found lying near the Paulina Brown Line station.

What did the offenders get in the home invasion? According to the victims' initial statement to police, "a couple of Xboxes and a couple other things." The Tribune's list is more extensive.

CPD home invasion case HX430962. A generous list of charges is expected to be announced on Wednesday.
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