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updated: 8/16/2013 2:11 PM

Sketches released of Des Plaines home invasion suspects

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  • A suspect in an Aug. 8 home invasion in Des Plaines.

      A suspect in an Aug. 8 home invasion in Des Plaines.
    Courtesy of Des Plaines Police Department

  • A suspect in an Aug. 8 home invasion in Des Plaines.

      A suspect in an Aug. 8 home invasion in Des Plaines.
    Courtesy of Des Plaines Police Department


Des Plaines police have released sketches of two suspects connected to a home invasion last week in which they impersonated cops.

At about 2 p.m. Aug. 8, the victim, a 35-year-old male, answered a knock on his front door to find two men dressed in what he described as navy blue uniforms, police said.

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Police say they are not releasing the location of the home for fear of alarming the neighborhood. They believe the victim was targeted, and the home invasion was not random.

The men identified themselves as police officers and told the victim that they had a search warrant for his residence, police said.

The homeowner allowed them entry at which time one of the two men immediately handcuffed the resident behind his back, police said.

The men began searching the residence, taking some cash and several other items of value. The offenders were armed with a handgun and Taser, police said.

The victim tried to flee the home by jumping through a front window. The offenders followed and captured him, striking him several times in the face and body and Tasing him in the face, police said.

The men then fled in a white-colored vehicle described as similar to an unmarked police car, police said. The victim called police from a neighbor's house and was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for treatment of nonlife threatening injuries. He was released later that evening.

The suspects' descriptions are as follows: a roughly 6-foot-tall white male in his early 40s weighing 190 pounds; and a stocky black male between 5 foot 7 inches and 5 foot 9 inches in his late 30s/early 40s.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects should call the police department's criminal investigations division at (847) 391-5400.

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