Police issue warrant for suspect in home invasion
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org March 8, 2013 4:03PM
Updated: April 11, 2013 6:55AM
Police say a robber forced his way inside a house where he threatened a woman Thursday afternoon in Park Forest.
Will County Sheriff’s police say Desmond Jimerson, 20, was the man who was carrying a snow shovel around 3 p.m. when he rang the doorbell of a house in the 23000 block of South Central Park Avenue.
After acting like he was willing to remove snow, Jimerson demanded money and dragged the 30-year-old woman who answered the door through the house while looking for valuables, sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said.
The first time the woman tried to break free, the intruder punched her in the mouth.
When she tried a second time, Jimerson tied her hands with an electrical cord and threatened her with a knife, Hoffmeyer said.
But the victim struggled a third time and was able to run out the back door and reach a neighbor’s house where she called 911.
Jimerson fled on foot and deputies found a garbage bag containing a 32-inch television and other items from the home nearby.
The victim was examined by Park Forest Fire Department personnel for a swollen lip, black eye, scratches and bruises, but declined to be hospitalized, reports said.
Police reportedly tracked Jimerson to a wooded area near Tamarack Road and Hawthorne Avenue. One resident said Jimerson had asked to use the phone but was refused while another allowed him inside.
“The subject made a few phone calls and left,” Hoffmeyer said.
Hoffmeyer said investigators identified Jimerson and have a warrant for his arrest on a charge of home invasion.
Jimerson, of 1528 Congress Lane in Ford Heights, has previously lived in Richton Park and Park Forest, reports said.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 815-727-8575 or anonymously call CrimeStoppers at 800-323-6734.