16-time convicted felon apologized for scaring woman while burglarizing her Edgewater apartment Saturday, prosecutors say

Chicago — A 16-time convicted felon says he’s sorry that he scared an Edgewater woman while burglarizing her house over the weekend. That’s according to prosecutors who charged Christopher Johnson, 45, with residential burglary on Sunday afternoon.

Johnson, who is on parole for a burglary he committed while on parole for yet another burglary, was held in lieu of a $1,500 bail payment by Judge Barbara Dawkins. The Illinois Department of Corrections has not filed paperwork to revoke his parole.

Prosecutors said the victim was sleeping in her garden unit in the 6200 block of North Wayne when she heard a noise outside her bedroom window around 10:11 p.m. Saturday.

Christopher Johnson | Cook County sheriff’s office

Moments later, she saw someone enter feet-first through one of her windows. She jumped out of bed, ran out the back door, and went to a friend’s house to call the police, said Adam Sammarco, a Cook County prosecutor.

Chicago police officers allegedly found Johnson near the woman’s back door. He fled, but cops apprehended him a half-block away. Police also discovered an item belonging to the woman’s roommate next door to their apartment building, as well as $75. At the time of the break-in, the roommate was out of town.

Sammarco said Johnson apologized to police officers for scaring the woman.

He was released from prison last May after serving half of a six-year burglary sentence, according to IDOC records. His previous convictions include a 14-year sentence for burglary in 2009, possession of contraband in a penal institution in 2009, four felony theft convictions in 2007, and more burglaries in 2003 and 2002.

Judge Dawkins said that Johnson must go on electronic monitoring after posting his bail deposit.

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