Woman Defends Home from Burglar in Ravinia Neighborhood, Highland Park

Niles Clark, charged with Residential Burglary - Attempt (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office/Map data ©2022 Google)
Niles Clark, charged with Residential Burglary – Attempt after a victim arrived home and found a suspect attempting to break-in to a basement door (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office/Map data ©2022 Google).

Niles Clark, age 27, was arrested and charged with Residential Burglary on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 after two residents helped Highland Park police officers identify a burglary suspect following an attempted burglary in the block of 700 Green Bay Road in Highland Park.

Niles Clark was allegedly attempting to burglarize a home while a resident arrived home in the block of 700 Green Bay Road Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

The resident heard a noise in her basement, and discovered Niles Clark outside an exterior basement door, allegedly trying to kick in the door. The resident called 9-1-1, and then went outside and confronted Niles Clark, who is about 5’8″ tall and was wearing a mask. He was allegedly holding a lighter while trying to unscrew a garden hose, and when he was approached, he moved his hand toward his waistband.

The woman announced she would get her gun, and told Clark he should leave. Clark replied, “Where’s the gun?” Next, Clark allegedly stepped into the house, and the woman responded by grabbing him near the back of his neck by his mask and collar to pull him out of her house. Then she pushed Clark down her driveway, and he fled southbound on Green Bay Road and to an alleyway near Roger Williams Avenue and Broadview Avenue.

Police set up a perimeter, and two citizens helped identify Clark as the burglary suspect. When police arrived to investigate at Niles Clark’s mother’s home on Broadway Avenue nearby, Clark was looking out the window of his mother’s home. Niles Clark was subsequently arrested at his mother’s home, which is one block east, and about three blocks south of the burglary victim’s home.

Highland Park police investigate the scene of an interrupted burglary on Green Bay Road near Ravinia in Highland Park (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt)
Highland Park police investigate the scene of an interrupted burglary on Green Bay Road near Ravinia in Highland Park (PHOTO CREDIT: Max Weingardt).

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Defendant Niles Clark was present in custody at his bond hearing, and bond was set at $250,000 with 10% required for release. Niles Clark’s next court date is November 18, 2022. Niles Clark has no prior criminal history as an adult, according to Lake County Court records.

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Official Highland Park Facebook Alert (Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 5:26 p.m.) …

Update (7:04 PM): Police personnel have taken the suspected offender into custody, and are clearing the perimeter at this time. An investigation is still ongoing. The City of Highland Park appreciates the partnership of the Deerfield, Lake Forest and Northbrook police departments in assisting with this incident response.
Original post (5:20 PM): There is police activity on the 700 block of Green Bay Rd. due to a report of attempted burglary in progress. Police and area law enforcement agencies are creating a secure perimeter in the area. Residents are advised to remain in their homes. Please avoid the area if possible. As a reminder, if you see any suspicious behavior, please call the Police Department at 847.432.7730. In an emergency, always dial 911. Further updates will be provided via cityhpil.com and the City’s social media.

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