A 16-time convicted felon who’s on parole for 3 burglaries and who as soon as confronted tried homicide costs for capturing at Chicago cops is now charged with committing an armed dwelling invasion in Outdated City.
Roosevelt “Robert” Allen, 52, was ordered held with out bail by Choose David Navarro throughout a bond listening to Thursday.
“You may have demonstrated your self to be a transparent and persevering with hazard to the security of each member of the group,” Navarro advised Allen, who first went to jail through the Reagan Administration.
Allen, who was launched early from jail in July after serving half of three concurrent 12-year sentences for housebreaking, is accused of breaking right into a high-rise residence within the 1300 block of North Wells round 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, January 20.
Assistant State’s Lawyer Lorraine Scaduto stated surveillance video exhibits Allen making an attempt to pry open the residence constructing’s entrance door for practically an hour earlier than a feminine resident walked out, permitting him to enter.
Minutes later, a 25-year-old man wakened and noticed Allen subsequent to him, rummaging by means of a desk, Scaduto stated.
When the sufferer requested what was happening, Allen recognized himself as “Lewis” and walked into the lounge, in accordance with a CPD report.
The sufferer, unclear about what was occurring, adopted him there till Allen pulled out a pocket knife, prolonged it towards him, and commenced strolling slowly in his route, in accordance with Scaduto.
The sufferer was so scared, he ran from his residence and, somewhat than danger ready for an elevator, scurried down fourteen flights of stairs to the foyer. There, he advised a entrance desk attendant about what occurred.
Police drove the sufferer across the neighborhood whereas he tracked his stolen cellphone. They discovered Allen close by on the 200 block of West Scott, and the sufferer instantly acknowledged him because the intruder.
Scaduto stated Allen was carrying the sufferer’s cellphone and Ventra card. A duffle bag belonging to the sufferer’s roommate, who slept by means of the house invasion, was discovered subsequent to Allen, she stated. Police recovered one other cellphone and earbuds that had been allegedly stolen from the primary sufferer’s desk, in addition to a knife.
Allen was carrying the identical jacket with a particular patch that the intruder is seen carrying on the constructing’s surveillance video, Scaduto continued.
Neither sufferer is aware of Allen, however Scaduto later stated Allen beforehand went to jail for burglarizing one of many dwelling invasion victims’ residences in 2014.
She advised Choose Navarro that Allen had been sentenced to jail sixteen instances: ten instances for burglaries, 4 instances for theft-related instances, and one time for aggravated assault with a lethal weapon.
However the aggravated assault case was initially charged as tried homicide after Allen shot at cops who tried to intervene as he and others fired weapons at one another at a Cabrini-Inexperienced housing advanced in 1989, she stated.
In keeping with state data, he ultimately obtained a sentence of only one yr for aggravated assault within the case.
He’s at present on parole for 3 separate burglaries that he dedicated in July 2014, Scaduto stated, including that two of these instances “concerned the very same sufferer” as Wednesday’s dwelling invasion.
In the course of the July 2014 burglaries, Allen was on parole for a collection of burglaries dedicated in 2006. Throughout these break-ins, he took $20,000 value of high-end champagne from a bar on Hubbard Road in River North, Scaduto reported. He was additionally convicted of returning to the identical bar days later to steal one other $5,600 value of liquor.
Prosecutors on Thursday charged Allen with Class X felony dwelling invasion and residential housebreaking. Choose Navarro ordered him held with out bail. Allen can even be held with out bail on an Illinois Division of Corrections maintain whereas the state considers his parole revocation.