Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Man Wielded "Huge Knife" During Uptown Home Invasion, Cops Say (Plus Other Burglary Updates)

Police were in the right place at the right time after an Uptown man armed with a “huge knife” broke into an elderly woman’s apartment last Wednesday evening, court records say.

Prosecutors say Jose Benitez-Sanchez, 42, covered his face with a black plastic bag and entered the woman’s home by cutting through a screen on her back door in the 4100 block of N. Clarendon around 9PM.

Officers on patrol reported seeing Benitez-Sanchez run from the apartment moments later with an extremely large knife. The woman was not injured.

Witnesses told police that Benitez-Sanchez recently moved into the building where the woman was targeted and cops eventually found him hiding within the complex. They also recovered the weapon.

He’s charged with one count of home invasion with a dangerous weapon. Bail is set at $250,000.

Forgot Your Pants!

20-year-old Englewood resident Michael Davis is facing burglary charges after he lost his pants while trying to run from the cops, court records say.

Officers say Davis was caught on video using a pry bar to open a safe at Kirkwood Bar & Grill, 2934 North Sheffield. They also say he was conveniently standing outside of the bar’s back door when they arrived to investigate a burglar alarm.

Davis ran, then lost his trousers when his pants got snagged on a gate and he fell to the ground.

He’s charged with burglary and resisting police. Bail is set at $50,000

See You Soon!

A 33-year-old man who broke into a Wrigleyville woman’s apartment one day last year—and then returned two days later—has been handed a 3-year sentence for criminal trespass to a residence with a person present.

Ashanti Ricketts was on parole for a narcotics violation at the time of his arrest in June 2015.

His parole date has not been officially set, but standard protocol in Illinois calls for cutting a sentence in half and subtracting time served awaiting resolution of the criminal case. In Ricketts’ case, that would have him back on the streets in time to celebrate New Year’s.
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  1. And look at Ricketts just a-smiling in that mug shot, knowing he'll be out in time to ring in 2017 with continued thuggery. Fuck!!

    1. Actually that was his mug shot from before, and he will have done 18 months in custody by the time he is released.

    2. Yep. The clock on "time served" starts ticking from the second the handcuffs go on. What a world.

  2. Can you please provide a time and date for the Kirkwood heist?


  3. That sentence has to be a joke. Plese name the judge. Please .

  4. I wish someone would blast Mr. Benitiz-Sanchez and his large knife the next time he slices his way into someone's home.