Warren "Lil Perp" Hunter, 31, Gary, wanted in connection with a home invasion and shooting in Orland Park, Ill., on May 10, 2013.
Updated: June 16, 2013 6:19AM
GARY — Warren Hunter is no stranger to Gary police.
Known as “Little Perp,” Hunter, 31, began his criminal life as a teen, facing charges that include murder, attempted murder, fleeing a fatal crash and multiple counts of intimidation.
Hunter was one of four people who allegedly participated in a brutal home invasion early Friday in Orland Park, Ill. An arrest warrant was issued Monday for Hunter for the invasion in the 10900 block of Antelope Lane about 2:50 a.m. Friday, Orland Park police said in a release.
Except for an arrest by the FBI-led Gang Response Investigative Team in 2009, Hunter has managed to avoid most major convictions.
Police say witnesses in more than one case declined to testify in court against Hunter, who told a Gary police officer during a 2008 arrest, “Just charge me and I will get out on bond. Just ask anyone about Little Perp. You better watch your back. I have friends that kill for fun.”
The G.R.I.T. arrest resulted in federal charges of possession of cocaine and possession of a handgun by a felon. He was sentenced to five years of supervised release, but court records show he violated the terms of his release and was restricted to house arrest on Jan. 17. That order was later lifted.
Most recently Hunter and two others were charged with residential entry for a break-in Jan. 4. That charge was dismissed, however, when the victim provided a written statement to the court, stating specifically that Hunter should not face any punishment and that she never intended to pursue the matter in criminal court.
Hunter’s criminal history includes:
A murder charge for the shooting death of Wendall Cowart, 20, in June 2001. Police said Hunter and Cowart were playing with water guns when Cowart was shot to death. The charge was dismissed six months later when witnesses became uncooperative.
An attempted murder charge filed Oct. 6, 2004, was dismissed Oct. 19, 2004.
Intimidation charges filed in April 2007 and August 2008 resulted in a misdemeanor conviction on one count. Hunter was released from probation unsatisfactorily.
Fleeing a fatal car crash Dec. 15, 2002. Hunter pleaded guilty and served one year in work release and one year of probation in the death of Marlon Cox, 30, who died in the two-car crash. The owner of the fleeing car first told police she had been carjacked, but investigators soon learned Hunter was the driver.