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Wheaton Man Charged in Glen Ellyn Home Invasion Sunday Night

Jeffrey H. Beard, 64, of the 1400 block of Avery Avenue, Wheaton, was charged with home invasion after he entered a Glen Ellyn home brandishing a gun and threatened the occupants.

A Wheaton man has been charged in an armed home invasion that took place Sunday night in Glen Ellyn, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Jeffrey H. Beard, 64, of the 1400 block of Avery Avenue, Wheaton, was charged with home invasion after he allegedly armed himself with a gun and entered the home of a Glen Ellyn woman who was an acquaintance, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office.

Beard entered the home at 10:30 p.m. Sunday armed with a gun, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office. The resident was in the home with her boyfriend at the time of the incident. Beard confronted the pair and there was a brief struggle. Beard allegedly threatened to shoot the man and woman, at one point putting the gun to the woman's head.

At some point during the altercation, it is alleged that Beard discharged the gun, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office. No one was hit or injured.

The Glen Ellyn Police Department said the man was able to flee the home and flagged down officers. The man then returned to the residence to check on his girlfriend, officials said.

Glen Ellyn Police arrived shortly after and surrounded the home and the woman was able to flee from the residence, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. In addition, members of the DuPage County Sheriff's Department also responded to the incident.

When he attempted to flee the scene, Beard was tasered before Glen Ellyn Police were able to take him into custody, according to Glen Ellyn Deputy Chief of Police Bill Holmer

“A person’s home is their sanctuary where they have every right to feel safe,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a news release. “It is alleged that Mr. Beard destroyed his victims’ sense of security when he decided to arm himself, enter his victim’s home and threaten their lives at gunpoint. I would like to thank the Glen Ellyn Police Department for their quick response in this case and for apprehending Mr. Beard before anyone was seriously hurt.”

Beard is charged with one count of home invasion, a Class X Felony, one count of reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 Felony, one count of unlawful possession of a converted vehicle, a Class 2 Felony, two counts of misdemeanor battery and two misdemeanor FOID Card violations.

He appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Jane Mitton set bond at $1 million with 10 percent to apply. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 2, in front of Judge Creswell for arraignment.

Mary Ann Lopez September 18, 2012 at 02:06 PM
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