Lakeview Mom Had Close Call With Home Invasion Suspect Last Month — And Had Him Arrested

One of three men now charged with attacking a 77-year-old woman during a Wrigleyville home invasion this weekend was arrested last month after a Lakeview woman told police that he and another man tried to break into her home at 4:30AM—just two blocks from Saturday’s tragic crime.


That woman and her four children were not harmed, but her decision to step up and file a police report against two suspects is now paying huge dividends as detectives piece together a string of burglaries that has hit local residents hard.

The 33-year-old health care worker’s brush with trouble played out early on December 16 in the 3600 block of N. Janssen. According to a police report, two men pounded on the woman’s basement apartment door and then refused to leave her yard until she called 911.

CWB Chicago is withholding the woman’s name.

Responding officers found 18-year-old Eli Ruff and Devante Rice, 19, hiding between two homes in the 3600 block of N. Greenview. The victim positively identified the two and they were arrested, court records show.

Now, Ruff and two other men are accused of breaking through the back door of a senior citizen’s home in the 3600 block of N. Magnolia, beating her unconscious, and stealing her property early Saturday morning. Bail for each has been set at a whopping $2 million.

Rice is not accused of participating in the home invasion or any other crimes, court records show.

Detectives are now drilling into a series of burglaries in which back doors to homes were kicked in or pried open over the past two months. The investigation is focusing on break-ins that have been reported in a concentrated area between Roscoe, Grace, Ashland, and Sheffield since November, a police source said.

Last Monday, police issued an alert to warn residents about burglaries in the 3700 block of N. Lakewood.

“stay tuned 8)” a police source texted this afternoon. We will.

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