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updated: 12/7/2012 3:42 PM

Home invasion charges against Mundelein man dropped

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Charges filed in October against a Mundelein man in a Grayslake home invasion case have been dropped, Lake County authorities said Friday.

John Baruffi, 25, of the 0 to 100 block of Washington Street, was released from Lake County jail Tuesday. He had been held on a $250,000 bond.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Scott Hoffert would not say why the charges were dropped, adding the case remains under investigation.

Baruffi was arrested in connection with a Sept. 28 Grayslake home invasion. He was charged with armed robbery, unlawful restraint and residential burglary charges, Hoffert said.

Richard A. Kellogg, 18, of the 1400 block of Catalpa Street in Waukegan, was also charged with armed robbery, unlawful restraint and residential burglary in the case. He was freed on bond, authorities said.

A resident in the 1000 block of Manchester Circle called police about 10:38 p.m. claiming an armed home invasion was taking place, officials said. Two invaders were armed with handguns and one with a baseball bat, and the caller provided suspect descriptions to dispatchers. No one was injured.

Police said responding officers saw a light-colored 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada leaving the area at high speed with the described suspects inside.

Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but it fled and later crashed into a utility pole at Atkinson and Brae Loch roads.

The suspects fled the vehicle, authorities said, and officers began a five-hour search that included canine units and a helicopter.

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