A 20-year-old Lynwood man was charged with felony armed home invasion after he entered the unlocked back door of a Flossmoor home early Wednesday morning and confronted the owners, Flossmoor police said.
A 20-year-old Lynwood man was charged with felony armed home invasion after he entered the unlocked back door of a Flossmoor home early Wednesday morning and confronted the owners, police said.
Eric Charleston Hagan, 20, of the 18000 block of Willow Drive in Lynwood was charged after officers chased him into the lower level of a Carroll Parkway home, according to a police report.
Police found a 9 mm automatic handgun that Hagan allegedly carried into the house, as well as watches and other jewelry that he had taken during the incident, the report says.
During a hearing Thursday at the Markham courthouse, Hagan’s bond was set at $750,000.
Police were called to the house at 6:50 a.m. on Dec. 7 when a woman reported that an intruder had entered her home as she was preparing to leave for work. The woman said her husband was still in the house with the man. She said she did not see a weapon but that the man kept his hand behind his back.
The woman said her husband told her to leave the house with their child, which she did.
Police arrived on the scene a few minutes after her call and two officers entered the house. They saw the husband, who motioned that the intruder was headed out the front door, police said. The officers heard a noise and saw a man move toward the lower level of the house. They followed the man – later identified as Hagan — down a set of stairs and subdued him.
No one was harmed in the incident, police said.
Flossmoor Deputy Chief Tod Kamleiter said the arrest was an example of “outstanding” police work.
“These officers showed amazing restraint,” Kamleiter said. “It takes a special type of person to go into this house, knowing what might be in there. But they did it, and in such a way that the offender was not hurt.”
After the arrest, police officers canvassed other homes along Carroll Parkway to determine if any residents had seen any suspicious activity before or around the time of the home invasion. Several residents said they had seen Hagan in the vicinity. One said he saw Hagan as early as 6 a.m., Kamleiter said.
Hagan’s car was found running in the 1000 block of Gardner Road, a couple of blocks from the scene of the home invasion, police said.
Such a home invasion is an extremely unusual occurrence in Flossmoor, Kamleiter said.
“We have not had an armed home invasion in many years,” he said. “It is totally out of character from what our crime statistics show for this community.”
Flossmoor will seek additional criminal charges against Hagan, Kamleiter said.