Updated: Two Deerfield teens charged in armed home invasion in Highland Park
Photo from Highland Park Police, mug of : Joseph J. Mahoney Res-burg and additional charges
Updated: September 10, 2012 12:29PM
HIGHLAND PARK — Two Deerfield teens are facing three felony charges each in connection with an armed home invasion last week in Highland Park, police announced Friday morning.
Joseph J. Mahoney, of the 500 block of Cumnor Court, and Joshua S. Norris, of the 100 block of Windsor Court, both 17-year-old Deerfield residents, were charged as adults with felony home invasion, residential burglary and possession of a stolen firearm.
According to Highland Park police, the teens allegedly broke into a Highland Park home Aug. 2 on the 3000 block of Parkside Drive through a downstairs window. One of the teens, who was allegedly spotted with a firearm that appeared to be a rifle, quickly ran from the home at about 7:22 a.m. after he was confronted by the homeowner, police said.
About two hours later, police caught up with one of the teens at Half Day and Ridge roads, about a mile away from the northern Highland Park home. Police said the suspect matched descriptions relayed from the scene — long-sleeve hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans — and a “long gun” was found nearby.
The gun was stolen from a Deerfield home, David Schwarz, Highland Park’s deputy police chief, said Friday. He added that the Parkside Drive home was not random.
“There was familiarity with the residence,” he said.
After the 911 call from the home, Highland Park police set up a perimeter with help from the Lake Forest and Bannockburn police departments. A North Chicago K-9 unit was called to assist with the search and a recorded telephone message was sent to all Highland Park residents notifying them of the incident.
As a result, police said, two people reported seeing the man who matched the description, helping officers make the arrest.
Mahoney was taken into custody by police on Half Day Road, Schwarz said, and the ensuing investigation led to Norris.
“The investigation revealed the crime was planned and executed by both individuals,” Schwarz said.