Attempted Murder, Robbery Charges Filed In Wrigleyville Home Invasion That Put Senior Citizen In Intensive Care

(L to R): Ruff, Taylor, and Towbridge (Chicago Police Department)

New charges of attempted murder, robbery of a senior citizen, and aggravated battery of a senior citizen have been filed against three men accused of severely beating a 77-year-old Wrigleyville woman during a January 9 home invasion.

Tracie Towbridge and Lilearl Taylor, both 19, and 18-year-old Eli Ruff still face their original charges of home invasion with a dangerous weapon and burglary.

Prosecutors also filed a new charge of receiving or possessing a stolen motor vehicle against Ruff, who allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and crashed the victim’s car on the Dan Ryan Expressway about an hour after the crime. Towbridge and Taylor were passengers in the vehicle, police said.

Ruff and Taylor remain in custody at the Cook County Jail in lieu of $500,000 and $100,000 bail respectively. Towbridge, who was on parole for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon at the time of the home invasion, has been returned to Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet.

More Charges

Prosecutors filed an additional robbery charge against Taylor last week in connection with a mugging outside the Belmont Red Line station on January 8, about six hours before he allegedly participated in the home invasion.

The victim suffered a concussion when Taylor pushed her to the ground after taking her phone around 11:30PM, prosecutors said.

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