13 years prison for 2nd man in botched Aurora burglary
A 26-year-old Aurora man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in a botched burglary that launched a five-hour standoff that ended only after police forced him and his brother out of a house with tear gas.
Sergio B. Perez, of the 300 block of Prairie Avenue, was charged with felony armed violence, residential burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, and aggravated assault after the June 17, 2017, standoff, according to police and Kane County court records.
Late last week, Perez pleaded guilty to felony residential burglary and aggravated assault of a police officer in exchange for other charges being dismissed.
Judge John Barsanti accepted the guilty plea, records show.
Perez, who had been held at the Kane County jail on $2 million bail, gets credit for about 19 months served while his case was pending.
According to police, the case began after officers received a call of two men acting suspiciously after exiting a car near the 300 block of South Western Avenue.
Police questioned two women in the car and their stories didn't match; during this time, an officer saw the rear door of a home had been kicked in and heard two men inside the home throwing items around.
Authorities surrounded the home and called the homeowner, who said he had a "large cache" of loaded guns inside the house that were not locked up, according to police.
Over a five-hour span, police said the men yelled at authorities, broke widows, and pointed guns outside several times at Special Response Team officers. Police eventually fired tear gas into the home, forcing Perez and the other man to come out, but they later fought with officers while being handcuffed.
Lucas R. Perez, 26, of Aurora, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Claudia Sanchez-Gomez, 24, of Romeoville, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor resisting or obstructing police and was sentenced to probation; the other woman questioned in the case was released.
Sergio Perez can have his sentence cut in half for good behavior while in prison.