2 charged with Norwood Park home invasion

Michael Alarcon (left) and Marcos Alarcon (Chicago police)

Two people were charged in a home invasion Thursday morning in the Norwood Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

Police said three young girls were inside the home in the 6800-block of West Hobart Avenue and called 911 about 10:35 a.m. to report someone breaking into their home, according to Chicago police.

Officers responded and took two males into custody after a short foot chase, police said. No injuries were reported.

Michael Alarcon, 29, and Marcos Alarcon, 25, were each charged with one felony count of residential burglary, police said.

The older man was released on electronic monitoring, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office. Marcos Alarcon remained jailed on a $90,000 bond early Saturday.

They are due in court again June 22.

Police said three young girls were inside the home at the time and they hid in the bathroom and called 911.

"They were watching TV, they heard a window break. They didn't stick around to see what the window broke from because I guess they heard someone coming through the window. They ran upstairs, they locked the bathroom door. The offenders even knocked on the bathroom door but they didn't say a word," Chicago Police Sgt. James Prah said.

The girls - sisters ages 11 and 8, and an 11-year-old friend - called 911 and called their parents.

The girls told their mom that "someone was trying to break into the house. And then my husband told them 'hide, call the police,'" said Beatriz Feller, the girls' mother.

"They did everything they were supposed to do. They locked themselves in the bathroom and didn't open it, they didn't even open it when the police came, until the call-taker was assuring them it was the police at the front door," Sgt. Prah said.

Police arrived and caught two suspects who fled the house. The girls were unharmed.

"I was relieved to see them. My heart was in my throat the whole ride over here," the girls' father, Charles Feller, said.
"When I leave the house every morning, I tell them, 'Wake up, make sure you guys are sticking together, and if you hear anything, run, hide, call 911,'" Beatriz Feller said.

The girls' mother is credited with preparing her two daughters what to do in case of an emergency.

"It's scary that something really could happen to your kids. So I'm glad they knew what to do," she said.

"Have a safe place in the house. A safe, secure place. A bathroom's great because it almost always has a lock on it. Call 911 first, hang up, then call the parents, then call 911 again so you can be on the phone with them until police arrive," Sgt. Prah said.

WLS-TV contributed to his report

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2017.)

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