Carlinville man chases robbers from home with a bat
Robert Charles, 37, has been charged with one count of home invasion, one count of armed violence and one count of aggravated battery in connection to an attempted robbery at a Carlinville, Illinois home. By KMOV Web Producer
(KMOV.com) -- Two Carlinville, Illinois residents suffered head injuries after two men, armed with guns, broke into their home and attacked them Tuesday evening.
Carlinville authorities said city police officers were dispatched to a residence on Mayo Street at 6:51 p.m. after reports of a woman banging on a rear door yelling for help. According to reports, when officers arrived on the scene, they found a woman with blood running down her face. The woman was later identified as Laura R. Alexander, 19, from Carlinville.
Alexander told officers that two white men wearing ski masks forced their way into her home in the 400 block of Hoehn Street. According to Alexander, she and her boyfriend, Travis L Killam, 23, from Carlinville, were both in the residence when the two men broke in. She reported the men struck them in the head with weapons.
During the scuffle, Killam reportedly grabbed a baseball bat and chased the suspect out of the house. Alexander ran to the residence on Mayo Street to ask for help.
Police located one suspect and Mr. Killam behind the Mayo Street residence where a fight had occurred between the two. Officers were able to secure both men and called for EMS personnel due to the injuries both men suffered in the fight. The suspect in the fight was identified as Paul J. Charles, 42, from Carlinville. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries, but later transferred to a hospital in Springfield, Illinois. A loaded 12 gauge shotgun was also recovered from the scene.
The second suspect fled the scene, but police were able to locate him a short time later at a residence in the 400 block of Sumner Street. After a brief standoff, police took Robert G. Charles, 37, from Carlinville, into custody. Police recovered a handgun from the residence believed to be the second gun used in the robbery attempt. Charles has been charged with one count of home invasion, one count of armed violence and one count of aggravated battery. He is currently incarcerated in the Macoupin County Jail on $100,000 bond.
Authorities determined that the men were targeted Mr. Killam, but did not say why. This case remains under investigation by the Carlinville Police Department and the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force.