Burglar beaten by frying pan-wielding homeowner is a 12-time convicted felon on parole since March, officials say

Bradley Willenborg is seen with a frame from the viral video. (Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Jason Williams)

CHICAGO — The burglar who went viral after being attacked by a frying pan-wielding homeowner is a 12-time convicted felon who was paroled three months ago on burglary, forgery, theft, and stolen motor vehicle cases, according to court filings.

Bradley Willenborg, 31, provided Chicago cops with the alias “Brandon Williams” and a fake birthdate after they arrested him in the 3400 block of West Parker around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Judge Susana Ortiz ordered him detained yesterday afternoon because of a safety risk.

Homeowner Jason Williams called police around 3:25 p.m. after receiving an alarm notification and seeing a video feed of a man on his property, according to police records. Williams also rushed home, getting there before the police arrived and before Willenborg left.

As he entered his ransacked home, Williams encountered Willenborg on the stairs coming from the second floor, a CPD report said. Williams retrieved a frying pan from his kitchen to defend himself. And what happened next is internet gold.

“He just robbed my house!” Williams told the officers, the report said. Cops arrested Willenborg moments later.

While at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for an evaluation, Willenborg spat on a female nurse’s face and body, officials said. For that, prosecutors slapped him with an aggravated battery charge in addition to the obvious burglary case.

In her detention order, Judge Ortiz noted that Willenborg is a 12-time felon who has convictions in six Illinois counties.

Illinois Department of Corrections records show he was released from prison on March 25 after serving half of a four-year sentence he received for burglary, aiding or abetting possession of a stolen motor vehicle, forgery, and theft. His previous convictions include theft in 2018; possession of methamphetamine in 2018; two burglaries in 2018; burglary in 2015; and two burglaries in 2014. Curiously, he received a longer sentence for his first burglary—5 years, 6 months—than his subsequent convictions.

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