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Man charged with breaking into occupied Shorewood home

Karen Sorensen | 7/27/2015, 9:45 p.m.
Police Chief Aaron Klima said Darren Johnson entered the unlocked house, where the sole occupant was able to persuade him ...
Darren Johnson

A Country Club Hills man who entered an unlocked Shorewood home Saturday was charged with home invasion and residential burglary, Police Chief Aaron Klima said.

Darren Johnson, 30, was reportedly visiting people in the area of Parkshore Drive when he entered the house, Klima said.

Only one person, a woman, was home at the time, he said. She persuaded him to go into the back yard, giving her time to flee and call police, Klima said.

Officers took Johnson into custody in the yard. He refused to speak with them about why he entered the house so his motive is unclear, the chief said.

Johnson is being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $500,000 on charges of home invasion, residential burglary and criminal trespass to property.

Neighbors were upset by the crime, but Klima said he's tried to calm fears by stressing that a break-in to an occupied home is extremely rare in that area and in Shorewood in general. Beyond that, an arrest was made quickly.