Officers Honored For Handling Of 2014 Home Invasion

Officers receiving their commendations at today’s ceremony (Chicago Police Department)

Ten current and former 19th district police officers have received commendations for their response to a 2014 home invasion in Roscoe Village.

Lieutenants John K. Riordan and Michael J. Stevens; Sergeants Michael N. Matijevich and Eddie M. Yoshimura; and Officers Daniel Andujar, Frances Cifuentes, Robert W. Elkins, Mazyar Hariri, Wayne R. Keneipp, and Loendri Rodriguez were recognized during a ceremony at police headquarters today.

An officer recovers one of the weapons on September 16, 2014 (Chris Lalla)

Officers were flagged down near Belmont and Ravenswood during the evening rush hour on September 16, 2014, by citizens who saw armed men fleeing the area after committing a home invasion.

Police recovered three weapons and and arrested three offenders, including two who slipped onto a Brown Line train that police intercepted at the Montrose station.

Two arrestees, Garry Wallace and Melvin Wilson, pleaded guilty to robbery in December and received sentences of three and four years respectively.

Bryna Wolowic, who allegedly helped Wallace and Wilson target her own brother in the home invasion, received two years probation last month.

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