LA GRANGE – A 17-year-old from Chicago has been charged in both a May 25 armed robbery and May 26 home invasion in La Grange, according to a La Grange Police Department news release.
The juvenile was positively identified through witness statements and information collected during the course of the home invasion investigation, the release stated. Investigators also recognized the juvenile matched the physical description of one of the offenders in the armed robbery and closely resembled a composite sketch provided by the victims, according to the release. The juvenile subsequently was identified as an offender in the armed robbery case as well.
Acting La Grange Police Chief Andrew Peters previously told Suburban Life the two incidents could be related.
The armed robbery occurrred at 9:41 p.m. May 25 near Sixth and Goodman avenues in La Grange. Two men, ages 18 and 19, were walking eastbound on Goodman Avenue near Sixth Avenue when they were approached by two teenagers who had been acting suspiciously, a previous Police Department news release stated. The offenders displayed a handgun and told the victims to give them their money and phones.
At 11:48 p.m. May 26, five offenders entered a residence in the 100 block of Sawyer Avenue, at least one armed with a handgun, and stole money, two handguns, a shotgun and a cellphone.
Terrence D. Harris of Aurora also has been charged in the home invasion.
Once the juvenile suspect was identified, investigators worked with the Cook County State's Attorney’s Office and other local and state departments to locate the suspect. La Grange police were notified June 15 that an arrest of the juvenile was made in Chicago on unrelated charges, according to the release. Investigators began working with the Cook County Juvenile Courts to take custody of the juvenile for formal charging.
The juvenile was charged with home invasion, aggravated unlawful restraint, unlawful use of weapon, armed robbery and mob action for the May 26 home invasion, the release stated. Charges for the May 25 armed robbery include two counts of armed robbery, unlawful use of weapon and two counts of aggravated unlawful restraint.
Investigators continue to develop leads and tips regarding the remaining suspects in both cases. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department at 708-579-2333.