Neighbors point police to burglars

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — Two men seen crawling into a window and leaving a house with a TV and other stolen items found themselves in the custody of police minutes after, and arraigned two days later in 25th District Court on multiple charges.

Deshannon McLemore-Simmons, 21, and Javon Williams, 21, were charged on Thursday before 25th District Court Judge David Zelenak with home invasion.

According to police reports, officers responded at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday to a call from the 1500 block of Grant, where a man said he’d seen two men “crawl into a window” of a house, and that they soon left carrying a flat-screen TV and were walking down an alley behind the house.

Responding officers were directed by neighbors who’d seen one of the men running through a yard. The two men were seen by police near the intersection of Russell and Washington. Police ordered the men to lay on the ground. McLemore-Simmons did as ordered, but Washington dropped the TV he had been carrying and ran from the scene.

One officer remained behind to secure McLemore-Simmons, the others returned to the home on Grant, where they’d been told that Williams had returned. The original caller had remained on the phone with police and said Williams had re-entered the home through a back door.

Three police officers entered what was a common door that opened to a basement, where they found Williams “hiding in a closet, sweating profusely.” Police discovered a small rear window security grill that had been bent back away and appeared to have been the point of entry.

Police collected evidence and statements from witnesses, who identified the two men in custody as the ones seen leaving the house.

McLemore-Simmons and Williams are scheduled for a preliminary examination of the evidence against them Oct. 8, and remained in custody on 10 percent of $100,000 cash bond.

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