Woman charged with 2018 home invasion that left alleged accomplice dead

Mariena Elia | CPD

An Irving Park woman has been charged with taking part in a Far North Side home invasion in 2018 that ended after two victims beat her accomplice, who wound up being shot multiple times with his own gun.

Police and U.S. Marshals arrested Mariena Elia, 35, at her home on the 4200 block of North Kimball last Wednesday morning.

Prosecutors said Jason Brock, 35, was armed with a handgun when he and Elia forced their way into an apartment on the 5700 block of North Spaulding and tried to rob two men around 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, 2018.

But the would-be victims fought back and beat Brock, who was repeatedly shot with his own weapon, according to prosecutors. Brock was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined that he died from blunt force injuries suffered in an attack and gunshot wounds.

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Elia “personally discharged” Brock’s firearm at some point during the crime, according to allegations in court papers, but she is not charged with shooting him.

Prosecutors have, however, charged her with Class X felony home invasion with a firearm and attempted armed robbery while discharging a firearm. Judge John Lyke set bail at $1 million and ordered Elia to go onto electronic monitoring if she can post the required $100,000 deposit bond.

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