July 22, 2024
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Homeowner shoots 17-year-old intruder during home invasion in Sycamore, police on lookout for second incident, says chief

SYCAMORE - Sycamore police are investigating two separate home invasions Saturday morning, during which a 17-year-old was shot by a homeowner, said Sycamore Police Chief Jim Winters, who believes the two break-ins are not related.

"We have no information that they're connected," Winters said about the two home invasions that occurred in the early morning hours Saturday. "We don't believe there was any theft involved."

According to a news release sent by the Sycamore Police Department, police believe the incidents are isolated and don't believe there is danger to the public at this time.

Police are still on the lookout for one suspect connected to a home invasion in the 400 block of West High Street, though the other suspect, the 17-year-old who was reportedly shot in the 900 block of Arvle Court, was taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital with unknown injuries. The teenager was later taken to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, and police are awaiting updates on his condition, Winters said.

About 1:20 a.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Arvle which has four-unit duplexes, Sycamore police received a call that someone had been shot.

"One of the residents was awoken by someone in the home," Winter said. "He confronted them, he said he was threatened by that intruder and he shot that intruder. It was a 17-year-old male. We believe that he randomly entered the home, and that home was not specifically targeted."

Winters said police are still investigating the incident so it's unknown at this time whether the teenager was armed.

Around three hours later, at 4:23 a.m., police received a report of another home invasion, believed to be unrelated to the one on Arvle, in the 400 block of West High Street.

During the incident, the report says an unknown intruder entered the home and began using a hand-held stun gun, an electric device about the size of a cell phone which is pressed against someone's body to stun them, Winters said, on the woman who lived inside. She was able to fend off the intruder who then fled eastbound from the 400 block of High Street, the report states.

Winters said the woman did not sustain any serious injuries.

A suspect in that incident is still wanted, and is described as a tall man wearing a full-face black ski mask and a puffy black coat. If anyone has any information, including video footage, or saw anything suspicious police ask them to call 815-895-2123.

Both cases remain under investigation by the Sycamore Police Department

"We have officers canvassing both neighborhoods to see if anybody has any additional information," Winters said.

Kelsey Rettke

Kelsey Rettke

Kelsey Rettke is the editor of the Daily Chronicle, part of Shaw Media and DeKalb County's only daily newspaper devoted to local news, crime and courts, government, business, sports and community coverage. Kelsey also covers breaking news for Shaw Media Local News Network.