Victim Throws Pots, Pans At Masked Intruder During Attempted Robbery

Andy Dahn
February 18, 2019 - 10:29 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police in west suburban Riverside said cookware helped scare away a would-be-robber last week.

A masked intruder attempted to burglarized an apartment in the 2800 block of South Harlem early Friday morning around 3:30 a.m. while a 13-year-old was sleeping inside. 

The 13-year old woke up to the masked male and started the throw cookware at him, while the intruder escaped. 

Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said officers were called to the aparment following reports of a robbery.

"When the offender realized that somebody was home and he saw them, he started to run out," Weitzel said. "When the homeowner got there, he threw some items at him."

Those items were pots and pans in the apartment's kitchen. Weitzel said the 13-year-old who was home at the time was not hurt and no items were stolen.

"He told us that his 13-year-old daughter was there so he was going to make a stand. He did what he could and grabbed what he could to throw at the offender as he went out the door."

Police searching the neighborhood were unable to find the male, Weitzel said. The intruder appeared to have gotten inside through an unlocked or malfunctioning door.

The suspect is described as a black male standing between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10 with a medium-to-large build and short, wavy black hair, Weitzel said. He was wearing a half mask covering his lower jaw area. 

Police continue to investigate. They are searching for video surveillance footage, collecting physical evidence, and checking with neighboring police agencies for any similar occurrences in their jurisdictions.