CHICAGO – Several neighbors helped stop the intrusion into a house on the northwest side after the mother screamed.
At about 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Chicago police responded to the 6,600-quarter block of North Oliphant Avenue with a report of a home invasion.
Amanda Johnson, who is eight months pregnant, was home that night with her 6-year-olds and 4-year-olds. Everyone was in bed, and her husband Colin was out of town.
She fell asleep after police reported that 34-year-old Zachary Bruns of Park Ridge took a landscape stone and smashed part of the front door.
“I jumped up and heard another loud noise. It sounded like a very loud balloon strike, ”Johnson said.
Johnson rushed down the stairs to repel him.
“I kind of reacted to push him away from the door so he wouldn’t open the lock, he was trying to get to the shutter,” Johnson said. “He opened the shutter. He pushed the door towards me – and me out of the way, now I have a lot of bruises and bumps, feeling them. “
Johnson was kicked out into the street, she didn’t have a cell phone, so she turned to her voice.
“I come because my kids are upstairs sleeping, so I started screaming to the next level. Like a siren, ”she said.
Neighbors heard the commotion, and many came to the rescue.
“It was like assembling the Avengers,” Johnson said. “Suddenly I looked up and it was people from all areas.”
A number of neighbors, including an acting police officer, detained Bruns before the CPD arrived and arrested him.
On Friday, Brans was denied bail and he has five previous convictions for burglary.
He was accused of breaking into living quarters and damaging property. Bruns’ lawyer said he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.
No one was injured, and a retired firefighter across the road helped secure the front door until new ones arrived.