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Three formally charged in home invasion in Porter Township

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A Peotone, Ill., man and two others have been charged in the invasion of a Porter Township resident’s home last week.

All three were taken into custody after a wild pursuit into Lake County in which a fourth man shot himself to death, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

Dominick Fazzini, 23, of Peotone, was charged with burglary, a Class A felony punishable by a term of 20 to 50 years; Robbery, a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years; and confinement, also a Class B felony.

Charged with aiding in a burglary, aiding in a robbery, and aiding in a confinement were Michael Sprague, 24, of Gary, and Jordan Wilkerson, 23, of Chicago.

A fourth man identified by police as their accomplice, Shawn Patrick Michael Duffy, shot himself in the head after being approached by an FBI agent during their flight into Hobart.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the PCSP, Fazzini admitted after being taken into custody that he had been contacted about doing a “job”—a burglary—in Porter County and that he asked Sprague, Wilkerson, and Duffy to join him. Wilkerson, who purchased a dress shirt and tie for the occasion, was “supposed to go to the front door wearing nice clothing and make entry into the house,” after which they were to get the female occupant to open a safe containing cash and guns, the affidavit stated.

Police said that the victim—who resides on C.R. 405W, did open the door for Wilkerson, who then forced himself in and pushed her to the floor. He was followed by the others, one of them wearing a mask and displaying a handgun, who demanded access to the safe, the affidavit stated. After the safe was opened, the subjects took unspecified firearms and an undetermined amount of cash, dumped the stuff into a garbage bag, and “grabbed bleach and started wiping fingerprints,” the affidavit stated.

They then fled the scene, pursued by a neighbor of the victim, who followed the suspects westbound on U.S. Highway 30 into Hobart, where one of them fired at the neighbor after the neighbor pointed his own gun at him, hitting the neighbor in the hand, the affidavit stated.

Fazzini was taken into custody at the Chuck E. Cheese and Sprague at the TGI Fridays, after they fled their vehicle on foot, the affidavit stated.

Duffy, being pursued by an FBI agent who happened to be in the area, fired several shots at him, crossed U.S. 30 on foot, then placed his gun to his own head and fired one shot, the affidavit stated.



Posted 8/13/2012