OAK BOOK – DuPage County Attorney Robert Berlin and Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger announced today that bail has been placed on a Cook County man who is accused of trying to get into one on Thanksgiving night Breaking in house in Oak Brook. Sean Anderson, 24 (born 10/30/1997) from the 1300 block of Mandel Avenue, Westchester, appeared in Bond Court this morning, where Judge Susan Alvarado set bail for $ 750,000, with a 10% bail request. Anderson has been charged with armed violence charges (Class X crimes), once for attempted home invasion (Class 1 crime), once for attempted home break-in (Class 2 crimes), and once for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon (Class 2 felony).
At around 5:50 p.m. on November 25, 2021, Oak Brook Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence on Glenoble Court to phone a male suspect who was trying to enter a residence. Upon arrival, officers learned that the person who was later identified as Anderson had fled through the back yard towards Roosevelt Road. Two Roosevelt Road officers watched Anderson and began the chase, arresting him less than a quarter of a mile away on Roosevelt Road near the I-294 ramp. It is alleged that officers observed a loaded gun beneath Anderson as they rolled him from his stomach onto his back. After an investigation into the matter, the female victim reportedly heard a knock on the back door and opened the door, believing it might be her husband. It is alleged that when Anderson opened the door, she found that she had already opened the screen door. It is further alleged that Anderson said he was from the energy company and requested that she let him in. The woman is said to have refused, closed the door and called for her husband. It is alleged that upon arrival of her husband, gun in hand, Anderson again said he was from the energy company and requested to be admitted into the house. It is further alleged that Anderson fled the scene when the husband refused. In the course of the investigation, it became known that the defendant is currently on parole for a serious vehicle hijacking from Cook County in 2018.
“It is alleged that Mr. Anderson armed himself with a pistol on Thanksgiving night and destroyed the calm of Thanksgiving night for an innocent couple.” Berlin said. “However, he was unable to gain access to her home and fled the area when the homeowner refused and alerted the authorities. Fortunately, the homeowners were not physically injured. I would like to remind homeowners not to open their doors to people who are not expecting them or who do not have the correct credentials. I commend the Oak Brook Police Department for their quick response and concern about Mr. Anderson. I also thank Prosecutors Sara Henley and Denis Cahill for their work in enforcing the charges against this defendant. “
“I want to recognize the outstanding work of our officials who risked their lives to arrest an armed suspect and continue to demonstrate their dedication to our community and profession,” said Kruger. “I would also like to thank the Berlin Public Prosecutor for taking the time and personal interest in this case and contacting me on Thanksgiving evening to make sure we had everything we needed. Our partnership and our commitment to justice are truly an example for the whole nation. “
Anderson’s next trial is scheduled for December 20, 2021 for indictment before Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh. If convicted of the most serious offense, he faces fifteen to thirty years in the Illinois Department of Justice.
The public is reminded that this lawsuit contains only charges and is not evidence of the guilt of the accused. A defendant is presumed innocent and has the right to a fair trial, in which it is the government’s duty to prove beyond any doubt that he is guilty.