|Officers at the scene of Martel Money’s arrest in Old Town on Sunday. | CPD; HeyJackass!|
Two police officers were injured as they took a man into custody for allegedly trespassing at two Old Town residences on Sunday afternoon, prosecutors said. Martel Money, 30, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery of a police officer and misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass to land and criminal trespass to a residence. He is free on bond.
Around 12:15 p.m., Money was identified by a resident as the person who minutes earlier entered his home without permission in the 200 block of West St. Paul. A neighbor who lives nearby in the 1700 block of North Wells also told police that Money remained on his property after he was asked to leave.
As officers tried to place Money into a transport vehicle, he leveraged his feet against the truck and headbutted a 45-year-old cop, prosecutors said. Money then bit that officer on the arm and battered another officer who was trying to detain him, according to charges.
The officers were treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and released.
Money previously served three years for aggravated battery to a police officer in 2011.
Uptown Prowler Bust
|Burgin | CPD|
A 26-year-old Uptown resident called 911 around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday to report that someone was trying to break into his occupied home. Officers arrived and found a man crouching down in the front yard who quickly stood up and ran from the scene, according to a police spokesperson. After a short foot chase, 30-year-old Antonio Burgin of south suburban Lynwood was taken into custody.
Police found damage to the home’s front door and fingerprints on a window that the burglar tried to access, according to a report. Burgin was placed into custody after the alleged victim identified him as the person who tried to break into his house, police said.
Burgin is charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor obstruction of identification. Judge Anthony Calabrese set bail at $10,000, meaning that Burgin can go free by posting a $1,000 deposit.
Lakeview Couch Crasher Charged
|Borha | CPD|
An Avondale man who was allegedly found sleeping on a stranger’s couch in Lakeview last weekend has been charged with trespassing at that home and damaging a house nearby, according to court filings.
Around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, a woman called 911 to report that a man she did not know was sleeping on her couch in the 4000 block of North Clark. The man was gone when police arrived. About 15 minutes later, though, a homeowner flagged down police a couple of blocks away to report that a man was trying to break into a building in the 1400 block of West Cullom. The man was detained and the woman who called police a few minutes earlier was able to identify him as the prowler who was inside her home, police said.
Joachim Borha, 30, is charged with criminal trespass to residence and criminal damage to property. He was released on a recognizance bond.
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