Home Invasion Suspect Found, Arrested Near Scene of Crime in Wheeling

Wheeling police responded Sunday May 13, 2018 to a residence in Wheeling and brandished a knife at female resident. A woman who prosecutors say is more than 85 years-old, and her daughter, who is more than 60 years-old, were sitting in the family room of their home when an unknown male offender, wearing an orange shirt appeared at their unlocked screen door.

The offender entered the home unsteadily, and knocked over several photographs that were hanging on the wall as he staggered inside the residence, according to Cook County assistant state’s attorney Jennifer Gates.

“Brandishing a butcher-style knife, the offender approached the younger woman, who jumped off the couch, as he ran through the room to a bench below a picture window.

The stranger kept repeating “they are going to kill me” as the women yelled at him to leave, according to the Cook County assistant state’s attorney.

The offender raised the knife toward the elder woman, while her daughter attempted to call 911. When the phone did not work, the daughter picked up her mother’s walker and struck the intruder with it.

The offender fled, but Wheeling police say they found the intruder sitting in a vehicle, armed with the knife, according to Cook County assistant state’s attorney Jennifer Gates. The offender dropped the knife after police ordered him to drop the knife. However, during his arrest, he “attempted to defeat the arrest” by locking his arms when police tried to handcuff him.

Police identified the suspect as Gregorio Salgado, age 44, of Hanover Park. Police also recovered 1.6 grams of a substance that tested positive for cocaine, which was possessed by Salgado on the scene.

Gregorio Salgado, 44, was charged Sunday with home invasion, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. If convicted of the most serious crime, he faces up to 30 years in prison. Salgado is scheduled to appear in court on June 7, 2018.

According to criminal records, Salgado has a 2013 aggravated battery conviction and convictions for felony drug possession from 2012 and 1998.

No bond information or jail detainee information was available on the Cook County Sheriff’s official website. This report has incomplete information available about the arrestee and the crime scene neighborhood.


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