Man Invades Home and Held Family at Gunpoint

Two men broke into a house in River Forest, IL, the night of September 26, holding a couple and three children at gunpoint as they search for valuables.

When police searched for the suspects, they only found one man, Richard D. Woods, one block away from the crime scene. Police are still in search of the second suspect and will provide information as the investigation progresses.

River Forest police reported today that they have arrested and charged a Lombard man with an armed home invasion that occurred in the evening of Sept. 26.

Police responded to a home on the 1400 block of Thatcher following a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. The victim told police that two men had entered the home and held them and three children at gunpoint while the home was searched for valuables.

About a half hour later, police located Richard D. Woods, 25, of the 1100 block of South Finley in Lombard, about a block away from the crime scene. Woods was taken into custody without incident and later charged with Class-X felony home invasion.


  • Police said that the crime was not in line with the crime patterns in the area and seemed not a random crime.
  • Deputy Chief Craig Rutz of River Forest, although declining to give more information, said that this type of crime is planned.

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