Investigation continues on RF armed home invasion


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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

River Forest police are looking for two men who were involved in an armed home invasion at a Thatcher Avenue house with a third man last week, in which a family was robbed at gunpoint.

The call came in at 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 26 about a home invasion in the 1400 block of Thatcher, said Deputy Police Chief Craig Rutz. Two men wearing devil masks forced their way in with a handgun while a woman and three children were at home and demanded money and jewelry. The family was held at gunpoint for about 20 minutes and the offenders collected cash and jewelry valued at over $10,000 before they fled southbound on Thatcher to Greenfield Street. The crime does not appear to be random.

Rutz said there was no direct connection between the victims and the offenders, but he could not clarify further because the matter is still under investigation. The incident is not part of any existing crime patterns in the area, and he said there is no danger to the public at this time.

Police set up a perimeter and caught one of the men just east of the scene in the 1400 block of Keystone Avenue. Rutz did not know if the gun had been recovered.

The arrested man is 25-year-old Richard D. Woods, of Lombard, according to a release from the police department. A representative of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved a Class X felony home invasion charge against him.

Rutz said the incident was one of only a handful of armed home invasions he has seen in his 30 years in River Forest.

In general, Rutz said home invasions usually occur because offenders get information that the victim has something they want in the home. It's not a common crime, he said, like street robberies or burglaries.

"It doesn't happen out of the blue," said Rutz, who noted that a 2005 Mercury Montego, towed from the area, is connected to one of the men. Drugs were also found on Woods.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact the department at 708-366-7125.

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Violet Aura  

Posted: October 2nd, 2012 6:54 PM

Q: What does the gun being "reporter" mean? Richie Woods: LOL...

Richard D. Woods from County Jail  

Posted: October 2nd, 2012 4:13 PM

Hey Violet, Check out my rap song on Youtube.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: October 2nd, 2012 3:01 PM

Devin Rose, up date your story completely. The Deputy Chief would know by now if the gun was recovered. By placing your last weeks reporting in as an updated story makes it seem like the Deputy Chief still doesn't know if the gun was reporter.

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 2nd, 2012 1:28 PM

This is right by Dominican. I am still trying to discover what exactly happened. I didn't know there were two other perps! And this one is from Lombard?! DuPage County?! Curious if he's got a rap sheet and for what...


Posted: October 2nd, 2012 12:23 PM

OK ,OK I watch alot of TV so I'm going to break down what REALLY happened. The woman's husband called some thugs for drugs and when they came by to collect but he wasn't home, so they decided to take money and jewelery in place of making a blank trip,but one of her neighbors saw the thugs leaving and called the police. So lesson for the day my fellow surbanians stopping buying your drugs in the city, and calling for home drop offs, you only bring the riff raff back to you home front!!


Posted: October 2nd, 2012 12:02 AM

VA, they could know someone in common who tipped the criminal off about valuables in the house. in that case the criminal may know of the victim, but may not know her in person.

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 1st, 2012 1:21 PM

Okay, work with me here: how can a crime not be random and yet simultaneuously have the perp and victim not be known to one another?!

Disgusted resident   

Posted: October 1st, 2012 2:00 AM

Jamie, you're right, your cousin is NOT a good example, he's a coward that prays on victims weaker than him. I sure hope that you have positive role models in your life and don't let your cousin drag you down to his level.

Disgusted resident  

Posted: October 1st, 2012 1:56 AM

Cont... the two ran away because of the police, but imagine what could have happened if there was no call to the police. These two deserve a very long prison sentence for what they've done, but somehow I don't think this horrific act of violation they've committed or the prison sentence will affect them in the slightest, as they wouldn't have done what they did if they had any amount of humanity in them.

Disgusted resident  

Posted: October 1st, 2012 1:45 AM

Jamie, it's rare that we get a response from a person close to the criminal on these comments sections. Please ask your cousin why he would do such a horrific thing and come back and comment. Please tell him that what he and is partner has done will scar his victim and her family for a long time to come... it's not the lost of property that's the most upsetting, but the feeling of being violated, and loosing control over the safety of one's children. Cont...

jamie from willowbrook,IL  

Posted: September 30th, 2012 4:04 PM

Devonte !!! How could you do something like this how does this set an example for me your cousin I can't believe how my own cousin would do such a thing :(

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 29th, 2012 10:54 PM

"The crime doesn't appear to be random." How now brown cow? Any clarification on why this is so? What was the relationship between the victim and the perps, if any?


Posted: September 29th, 2012 10:19 AM

Richard woods? Come on. Thats an alias if I ever heard of one.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 4:23 PM

Cont... You know the first bad guy isn't going alone so he will be very helpful with information to help lead to the arrest of the other bad guy.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 4:23 PM

Brian Slowiak, there was mention of a 2005 Mercury Montego being towed so I would expect the two bad guys thought they would drive away. It appears their plan was interrupted possibly by a neighbor who noticed a vehicle that did not belong in the area or thought two bad guy's going to the front door late at night was unusual and called Police. The two bad guys hit the ground running East, and one bad guy was caught. Cont...


Posted: September 28th, 2012 3:14 PM

Cont... a lot of criminals see it as a second home, and don't care about going. They get housed and fed at the expense of the tax payer, and on top of that, they get to make connections with other criminals and work on their skills as criminals.


Posted: September 28th, 2012 3:11 PM

I watched a prison documentary where the interviewer asked a repeat offender why he keeps committing crime when he keeps getting put away. His response was that he doesn't mind prison and he likes the criminal lifestyle, so there was really no incentive for him to stop committing crime. Another inmate said he actually prefers prison compared to the street, cause there's more routine, and he doesn't have to take care of his family. People need to see that the prison system is not working...


Posted: September 28th, 2012 3:06 PM

Well, it would make sense if the criminals were from Maywood (not saying they are), cause that would make for an easy getaway. I am not at all surprised that this happened, but I do feel for the victims. These 2 low lives need to be put away for a long, long time. If they aren't, it will only open the doors for more of the same. People need more awareness. There are too many people that would rather take a risk at the expense of being perceived to be rude. We're not exactly in a gated community.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 12:17 PM

Q: they must have been given some thought as to how they would leave the area because one escaped. If there was no car, my guess was across the Des Plaines river bridge and into the Forest Preserve on foot and then laid low.also, through the woods,swim, walk the river and a change of clothes on the other side.Cold but effective.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 12:09 PM

Brian Slowiak, you are right. It is very possible for the incident to happen again. As for the Police, they may even have the second bad guy in custody or will once he comes out into the open. You know if this happened in a less populated county these thugs would have a lot of years to spend being off the streets.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 12:04 PM

Cont.... The Police quickly apprehended the one bad guy and he won't want to be doing time without his partner in crime. These two do not belong on the streets.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 12:03 PM

Chris, it said forced. They didn't kick a door in or use other means of force based off the story. It seems the woman opened the door and a gun was displayed. If they were tipped off that valuables were inside they would not have pushed their way in with a gun. Their methods were that of basic opportunist's. They used a gun, forcing themselves inside intimidating the woman while her children were home and gave no thought how they would leave he area. This makes it an uncommon occurrence. Co

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 11:51 AM

The meat eating lions of the"pride" of the River Forest police Department will have the second offender identified if not in custody within a year.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 11:45 AM

Q: Once again we say basically the same thing differently. The response to the "random incident" remarks was from the first two posters.In my opinion, any incident after the first incident, is not random. The only true deterrent to crime is that the criminal offender must be made to know that they will be relentlessly pursued by a police department."in general this type of incident does not happen". The incident did happen and there is no hope at all the incident will not happen again

Ric Topsley from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 11:34 AM

I can guarantee the next time there is a high profile homicide or violent crime in Oak Park the OPPD chief will be calling it an "isolated incident." This is what the village board is paying him to do. He goes with the exact same quote every single time.


Posted: September 28th, 2012 11:14 AM

We don't know the circumstances of how they forced their way in. I can't imagine she just opened the door to two men in devil masks. I think the sergeants comment makes sense -- usually the invaders are aware of what valuables are in the house. She may not know the attackers, but they might have been tipped off by a contractor who had seen the interior of the house. "Jewelry" stolen could mean the equivalent of $50 or $50,000.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 10:33 AM

Cont...If you have a break in and time enough to get your gun and know how to use it don't confront the bad guys. Call the Police. The gun can be you last line of defense.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 10:30 AM

Cont... most likely pointing a gun at her. This illustrates a problem even if the woman owned a gun. If she owned a gun they still had the jump on her. It's easy to say what we all would have done but the first is to have your doors and windows secure. Don't open up any door without first checking who is there. If you have two bad guys wearing masks on your front porch you don't open the door. If you have anyone at your door you don't know call the Police. Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 10:27 AM

Brian Slowiak, it's not the Chief of Police, Craig Rutz is the Deputy Chief and he didn't say it was an isolated incident. The story is not full of facts but Rutz said in general this type of incident does not happen and is generally based on the bad guys having information about something they want in the home. These bad guys took a cell phone. This was not a planned out home invasion. I' sure this was very terrifying to the woman to open her door and have to bad guys wearing masks and Cont...

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 28th, 2012 9:22 AM

As Sgt. Joe Friday once said, "Just the facts, Ma'am". It is not up to the Chief of Police to tell me what an isolated incident is. He should tell me when the last 5 home invasions were and the status of those cases.Were`arrests made?I wonder if home invasion, an offense in Illinois,will be counted in FBI stats as an armed robbery? If anybody will catch them, the RFPD who count closed cases,not per cent decreases in crime will.


Posted: September 28th, 2012 3:48 AM

"It doesn't happen out of the blue." That's right. I'm sure those people on Thatcher enticed these thieves into their home with their nice rose bushes and neatly manicured lawn.


Posted: September 27th, 2012 10:47 PM

Gee, it makes me feel so much more at peace that robberies are a lot more common compared to home invasions in the area.

Bill from Forest Park  

Posted: September 27th, 2012 8:05 PM

To "Ric Topsley from Oak Park." re: your supposedly clever "If this had happened in Oak Park the chief would have called it an 'isolated incident'" crack. That's pretty much what the River Forest police said. Pay attention.

Ric Topsley from Oak Park  

Posted: September 27th, 2012 7:39 PM

If this had happened in Oak Park the chief would have called it an "isolated incident."

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