3 Charged In Wrigleyville Home Invasion; 77-Year-Old Victim Was “Rendered Unconscious,” Police Say

Left to Right: Ruff, Taylor and Towbridge (Chicago Police Department)

UPDATE: Bond is set at $2 million for each defendant.
UPDATE 2: Cops say Ruff and Towbridge are members of the Black Disciple street gang.
UPDATE 3: Lakeview mom had Ruff arrested last month when he pounded on her door at 4:30AM and refused to leave.
UPDATE 4: Court records show that the state dropped Towbridge’s charge of street gang contact while on parole last summer.
Three men are charged with rendering a 77-year-old Wrigleyville woman unconscious on her floor during a Saturday morning home invasion in which they stole her car and other property, Chicago police say.

Photo of the 77-year-old victim from an ABC7 report.

The men, identified as 18-year-old Eli R. Ruff of Englewood; 19-year-old Lilearl T. Taylor of Grand Crossing; and 19-year-old Tracie J. Towbridge of Roseland kicked in the back door of Joanne Signa’s home, beat her, and then escaped with her car and other property according to court records.

Each man is charged with one count of felony home invasion with a dangerous weapon, two counts of felony burglary, and one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to vehicle.

Towbridge, on parole after a weapons conviction, was arrested December 27 for allegedly driving over 100 MPH, operating a motor vehicle without consent, and possession of drug paraphernalia in Ozaukee County, north of Milwaukee.

He was charged last May with having streetgang contact while on parole in Cook County.

Illinois State Police took the three men into custody after they allegedly left the victim’s older model Honda crashed on the Dan Ryan Expressway about an hour after the crime. All three will be in bond court this afternoon.

The victim’s condition has stabilized at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

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