Sunday, January 10, 2016

3 Charged In Wrigleyville Home Invasion; 77-Year-Old Victim Was "Rendered Unconscious," Police Say

Left to Right: Ruff, Taylor and Towbridge (Chicago Police Department)
UPDATE: Bond is set at $2 million for each defendant.
UPDATE 2: Cops say Ruff and Towbridge are members of the Black Disciple street gang.
UPDATE 3: Lakeview mom had Ruff arrested last month when he pounded on her door at 4:30AM and refused to leave.
UPDATE 4: Court records show that the state dropped Towbridge's charge of street gang contact while on parole last summer.
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Three men are charged with rendering a 77-year-old Wrigleyville woman unconscious on her floor during a Saturday morning home invasion in which they stole her car and other property, Chicago police say.

Photo of the 77-year-old victim from an ABC7 report.
The men, identified as 18-year-old Eli R. Ruff of Englewood; 19-year-old Lilearl T. Taylor of Grand Crossing; and 19-year-old Tracie J. Towbridge of Roseland kicked in the back door of Joanne Signa's home, beat her, and then escaped with her car and other property according to court records.

Each man is charged with one count of felony home invasion with a dangerous weapon, two counts of felony burglary, and one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to vehicle.

Towbridge, on parole after a weapons conviction, was arrested December 27 for allegedly driving over 100 MPH, operating a motor vehicle without consent, and possession of drug paraphernalia in Ozaukee County, north of Milwaukee.

He was charged last May with having streetgang contact while on parole in Cook County.

Illinois State Police took the three men into custody after they allegedly left the victim's older model Honda crashed on the Dan Ryan Expressway about an hour after the crime. All three will be in bond court this afternoon.

The victim’s condition has stabilized at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
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52 comments:

  1. WTF do these three thugs think they are? Just ambush and take whatever they want? Such outstanding examples of citizenship. I hope they get the maximum penalties allowed by law, but I also know some lame-ass spineless judge will probably minimize the penalties, if any. Dear God, help us, we are screwed.

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    1. They should have been charged with attempted murder.

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  2. "I hope they get the maximum penalties allowed by law" umm yea I am afraid that won't happen.

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  3. It would be nice if these three useless thugs were with Pablo on the other side.

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  4. Fine examples of our wonderful court system. A slap on the wrist type and they will be out soon. Truly Unbelievable

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  5. That is a statement that is sad but has more truth in it than ever before. Our current laws require that the victim shows up in court time after time to relive the horrible incident over and over. Then if at any time her memory goes, the offenders will go free.

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  6. Just 3 more honor students who were turning their lives around.

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  7. No battery charges?

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  8. No hate crime here. Keeping hiding head in sand.

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  9. Hitting a 77 year old woman to the point that she's in intensive car and no charges of attempted murder? I get it now. These guys can the be back out in 9 months. Thanks Anita.

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  10. "Lilearl" acting like Big Earl I'll bet.

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  11. I may be wrong (maybe it's only a law in other states like New York), but I believe the crime will be enhanced due to the age of the victim.

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  12. They assaulted a 77 year old woman. WHERE IS THE ASSAULT charge? No wonder they keep coming back.

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  13. They even showed their mug shots on NBC local during the Today show. Surprising. Think since it was a senior citizen the judge may not fold??

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  14. Just a question -- why does there not seem to be a charge for beating a person unconscious? Is that superceded by the other charges?

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    1. Not at all. Those are two seperate felonies, both class x; aggbat with a deadly weapon and aggbat to a senior citizen. Detectives work with Felony review in these types of cases. Felony review approved/denies charges based on the elements of the crime and evidence. The only reason I could think of was because they didn't know which of the three did what and, unless it's a Homicide, they aren't going to get a conviction on all three if only one did the attack.

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  15. Why no attempted murder charges?

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  16. Why aren't there any charges for battery against a senior citizen>?

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  17. "Rendered unconscious?" Are you F'ing kidding me?! If previous commenter who claim to be her neighbor is true, that she was beat with a baseball bat, then this is infuriating.

    Why is the charge of agg battery with deadly weapon not a publicized charge?
    Agg bat of senior citizen?

    I saw the pics. Wonder if they lived in the neighborhood or were just passing through?

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  18. One of them was charged with street gang contact in May.....and nothing happens? I assume he went before a kindly judge who recognized that locking this young man up for parole violation would remove him from his ongoing charity work? Any details about that May parole violation and why he was on the streets?
    As usual, thanks CWB for the great reporting !

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    1. We looked it up at the courthouse today. The street gang contact while on parole charge was dropped by the state.

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  19. Eli R. Ruff
    Lilearl T. Taylor
    Tracie J. Towbridge,

    BYE-EEEEEEE!

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  20. Why aren't these thugs being charged with felony assault?

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    1. Actually, the charge is battery and not assault. See the following :
      Home Invasion

      Under Illinois law, home invasion is a very serious offense. A defendant commits the crime of home invasion by entering or remaining in another person’s dwelling without permission, knowing that a person is home, and the defendant either:

      is armed with a firearm or other weapon and uses or threatens to use force
      injures someone
      uses or threatens to use force and fires a gun, or
      commits sexual assault or sexual abuse.

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  21. Scum. Lock them up and throw away the key.

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  22. Dude's already been up on weapons charges and parole violations, yet he's still out marauding through the neighborhoods? Another failure by Alvarez' office.

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  23. I wonder if any of these three troubled youth were clients at Center on Halsted or the Crib or the Night Ministry.

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  24. Any word on how these savages targeted this woman's house? Just an aside, I've been her neighbor for over 30 years and she's a great person. I visited her in the hospital and I was shocked at what these savages did to an elderly lady. Tom Tunney should go see her in the hospital and see what he's directly responsible for.

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  25. I'm surprised they're referred to as "men" and not "teens" as that seems to be the MO these days. Oh wait - if they had been shot while committing this attack; THEN they would be "teens".

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  26. This reeks of stats manipulation. Why no felony assault charge? Why no assault with a deadly weapon? The victim was a 77 year old woman for Pete's sake...

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  27. It takes a special breed of animal -- no, that's an insult to animals -- to harm someone else in the first place. True evil is attacking those who have no involvement, no defense. Let these a*holes rot in hell, even if Anita's Cook County merely slaps their wrists.

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  28. At least one of these base creatures shouldn't have been out on the street.....

    If liberalism hadn't corrupted our justice system, this animal would have been behind bars.

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  29. I wonder why the writers who plead for us to recognize dear Pablo's humanity on the other thread - you know, Pablo could have been your cousin / brother / kid - don't ask the same thing here? Seems odd.
    I have a better question:
    Why can't we recognize Joanne's humanity? - Could have been your mom / auntie / grandma. That seems way more fair.
    Pull something like this and you have defined yourself. At least for a good long while. Maybe forever. You're a POS. Period. Society didn't do it. You did it.
    And why can't we recognize that sociopaths, and coward-ass sociopaths at that, also exist in our society. Let's call it what it is.

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  30. Are you F-ing kidding me! This woman had NO chance of defending herself...why beat her unconscious?....assholes! Cant they bring attempted murder charges? They will do it again and again until their locked up for good.

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  31. Reading this made me sick. And while CWB does a great job of keeping us informed, why isn't our mayor, alderman, and police department doing more?

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  32. So the Latin Kings and the Black Disciples are part of our lives. Wonderfull. Like swimming in shark infested waters. How about the feds take a look at these gangs?

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  33. "Each man is charged with one count of felony home invasion with a dangerous weapon, two counts of felony burglary, and one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to vehicle." SERIOUSLY?! How about assault & attempted murder?

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  34. Why aren't their any charges for the assault?

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  35. We can't say anything because there will be a protest right, but these guys get to do and say what they want. Where's this lady's protests? Get the F out of our town this is a family place. Wanna be thugs go to your town and kick in doors! A holes

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  36. This is the most despicable act I have read in years and how can you people sit back and take this?

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    1. Exactly. So passive....

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    2. What else can we do? God forbid somebody was hurt, or badly hurt one of the thugs while acting in self defense. The media would go crazy!
      That'll set off a feeding frenzy!
      I'm still baffled by the number of people that really DON'T know what is going on up here.

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  37. how many times will the judges let these gang bangers out of jail to commit more felonies?

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  38. How do three guys from different neighborhoods get together to commit crimes? What is the link? I wonder if your police source has any info?

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  39. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes, a Cook County judge will probably give them a very, very stern warning before releasing them.

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  40. Thanks for looking up the results of the gang contact arrest CWB! Once again, in the grips of law enforcement and released by a States Attorney not doing her job well.

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  41. Anonymous Anonymous said...
    Thanks for looking up the results of the gang contact arrest CWB! Once again, in the grips of law enforcement and released by a States Attorney not doing her job well.

    Jan 12, 2016, 10:51:00 AM
    Ask Dan Kirk, her #2 who lives in Lakeview.

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  42. These thug punk really need to be taken off the streets for life. I see nothing but trouble with them in the streets. That goes for all thugs. Lives will be saved with them off the streets.

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  43. Hi, I'm a close relative of the victim. Reading all of your comments mean a lot. If you could see what I see when I visit her, it's sickening. I can't say too much. Just wanted to say thank you and it means so much that there's people out there who support her and hope these guys get what they deserve.

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    1. Joanne and her family have been in our thoughts so much over the past week. Best wishes to all of you as she works her way back. It is reassuring to know that she has so many relatives, friends, parishioners, and even complete strangers supporting her.

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    2. Thank you for saying that. It's true. And everybody's words here are very comforting. Wish I could share more but I don't want to screw anything up. Thank you for running this site. It gives people like me a place to come to grieve and see the support, and also a place where people can become aware of what's going on in their neighborhoods so that we can all help each other.

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  44. I don't get it. Do they want to be in prison? Who in their right mind steals a car nowadays. Idiots.

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