Sebastian Maniscalco, Heroic Home Invasion Defender, Thanks Community and Offers True Words of Appreciation for Police and Fire “Incredible People”

Following a bizarre home invasion in which a homeowner successfully prevented two masked thugs from physically harming his family, Sebastian Maniscalco (cousin of the famous comedian) expressed gratitude to neighbors, friends and family. He also expressed special gratitude to police, SWAT, paramedics and detectives who responded to the scene. He had special praise for Arlington Heights police detective Valerie Sanders.

“April 4th changed our lives, and brought true appreciation in the fact we are alive. It is so incredibly important we acknowledge and thank all of the Arlington Heights law enforcement, Detectives, Special teams, SWAT, Paramedics, Fire department, Forensics and at the front of this case, the lead detective and her unwavering, above and beyond non stop effort to bring justice to our family. We had the opportunity to meet some of the most incredible people through a horrific circumstance. You are amazing. Please know you carry our everlasting respect and gratitude.”

— Sebastian Maniscalco




Maniscalco said his reaction to the outpouring of support speaks volumes of the GOOD that is out there. Undoubtedly, Maniscalco experienced an emotional past week, which included shooting and killing one of the offenders, forcefully ousting the other from his house, facing a police investigation, and most importantly rescuing his family — all in the middle of a deadly pandemic.

God bless each and everyone of you. We may have experienced the incredible evil in the world but because of all of you, you made sure we can still see there is Good.❤️🙏

— Sebastian Maniscalco

After learning of the horrific crime, many people in the community, using Google and other resources to research the address of the home invasion, were confused about the name they discovered — Sebastian Maniscalco. The Rolling Meadows High School graduate and famous comedian Sebastian Maniscalco grew up on the south side of town. The other famous and heroic home defender, Sebastian Maniscalo, grew up on the north side of town and attended Buffalo Grove High School. The two Sebastians are cousins.

Sebastian Maniscalco: He's my cousin
Sebastian Maniscalco: “He’s my cousin.”
Sebastian Maniscalco and Sebastian Maniscalco at a gathering of family and friends in Chicago last year
Sebastian Maniscalco and Sebastian Maniscalco at a gathering of family and friends at Chicago Cut Steakhouse on November 1, 2019.

“We are doing our best and praying each following day will bring better than the last. With all of this distress, our family has been blessed with the most incredible outpour of concern for our family. The calls, the texts, the emails, family, friends, neighbors, Thomas Middle school, friends we have lost track with over the years and so many of the Arlington Heights community that without knowing us just wanted to help.”

— Sebastian Maniscalco

Ironically, one of the most popular standup comic routines from comedy star Sebastian Maniscalco insightfully analyzes the comparison of openly and warmly answering the doorbell with family in his childhood to cautiously checking circumstances when answering (or not answering) the doorbell today.

North side Arlington Heights Maniscalco said he had to limit any description of the horror, terror and fear his family had to endure that day and all that continues because the ordeal involves an open case. Although the specific details of the home invasion are unknown to the public, there is one thing certain: those Sebastian Maniscalco boys grew up to became two talented men.

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