Parolee tied up 2 men during Lakeview armed home invasion just 10 days after getting out of prison, officials say

Kaabar Venson (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have charged a man with committing a violent armed home invasion in Lakeview on Monday evening, just ten days after he got out of prison on parole. During a detention hearing on Tuesday afternoon, Kaabar Venson, 30, was jailed as a public safety risk by Judge William Fahy.

Venson was released from the Pontiac Correctional Center on May 3 after serving half of a 15-year sentence he received for burglarizing a Lakeview residence in 2016, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records. He had been out of prison about a month when he committed that crime.

Just ten days later, around 6:30 p.m. on May 13, Venson allegedly donned a surgical mask and entered an apartment occupied by two men in the 1200 block of West Diversey. He pointed a handgun at the foreheads of both men and restrained them with bedsheets, duct tape, a charger cord, and other materials, according to a Chicago police report.

Police were called to the apartment shortly before 7 p.m., and they quickly radioed a description of the home invader to other units, the report said. An officer monitoring CTA video feeds in the Town Hall (19th) District surveillance room saw Venson standing on the Diversey Brown Line platform and, based on the suspect description, asked cops in the field to check him out.

Venson was walking down the stairs at the station when the police arrived. Police said he turned around and bolted back to the platform upon seeing them, tossing an object over the platform railing as the cops moved in.

The police said they found a 5-shot revolver in the area where Venson was seen tossing an object. It had been reported stolen in Glenview. They also found one of the victims’ credit cards in his backpack, according to the report.

The men, ages 25 and 30, said they did not know Venson. The younger man suffered bruising to his wrists from being hogtied, the report said.

Venson is charged with armed home invasion with a firearm, armed robbery with a firearm, armed habitual criminal, and aggravated kidnapping.

Court records show Judge Timothy Joyce sentenced Venson to 15 years for burglary on November 8, 2017. In that case, a woman called the police because she thought Venson was acting suspiciously as he struggled to force a laptop into a backpack on the 1700 block of West Melrose. Officers said he had Macbooks, an iPhone, an iPad, jewelry, and other items taken from a woman’s home on the same block.

Records show that Venson’s 15-year sentence was reduced to 7½ for good behavior. Credits earned, including time spent in jail before pleading guilty, further reduced that sentence.

According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, Venson received three prison sentences in 2012: six years for armed robbery, another six years for harassing a witness, and three years for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

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