Saturday, January 09, 2016

77-Year-Old Woman Beaten In Wrigleyville Home Invasion; Suspects Arrested After Reported Expressway Shooting

The victim's car, crashed on the Ryan. (ABC7Chicago screenshot)
UPDATE JANUARY 11— Illinois State Police determined that the alleged home invaders were not connected to the expressway shooting. Rather, the suspect who was driving the car fell asleep at the wheel and crashed in the area where the shooting took place.

Our original report follows.
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A Wrigleyville senior citizen is in intensive care after she was beaten by two or three men during a home invasion around 6 o’clock this morning in the 3600 block of N. Magnolia.

The suspects were taken into custody about an hour after the attack when they reportedly became involved in a shoot-out on the Dan Ryan Expressway and crashed the victim’s car.

After breaking through a windowed back porch and beating the 77-year-old woman, the offenders kicked down a door to the second-floor rental unit, awakening the tenant who called police.

Officers responded quickly, found the victim, and summoned an ambulance. The offenders had already sped off in the woman's Honda Accord.

Neighbors said the victim is a long-time Wrigleyville resident and an active member of her local church. Her condition has stabilized.

Less than 20 minutes before the woman was attacked, a 911 caller reported three or four suspicious person walking through yards near Waveland and Racine, about a block from the home invasion site.

And, shortly after midnight today, two to three young men reportedly kicked in the back door of a home in the 1200 block of W. Cornelia during a burglary attempt. They fled when they were confronted by a woman who lives there.

Chicago police and Illinois State Police recovered the Wrigleyville woman's car on the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway near 69th Street and State Street where it had crashed after a reported shoot-out. Three occupants of the vehicle were detained.

Multiple charges are expected to be filed in connection with this morning’s crimes. Detectives are also working to see if the arrestees are responsible for a series of burglaries in our neighborhood that involved offenders kicking through rear doors. Chicago police issued an alert about some of the burglaries this week.

This story continues to develop.

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