Charges Dropped Against Grayslake Home Invasion Suspect

A suspect in last September's alleged home invasion in College Trail was released from jail Tuesday. Charges against a second suspect were dropped in October. No other suspects have been charged, but the investigation is on-going.

Grayslake home invasion suspect John Baruffi Jr. walked out of the Lake County Jail Tuesday, Dec. 4 a free man, two months after he was charged with three felonies.

The three felony counts — Class X Armed Robbery, Class 1 Residential Burglary and Class 3 Aggravated Unlawful Restraint, were dismissed by Lake County Circuit Court Judge Daniel B. Shanes.

Baruffi's defense attorney, Brett M. Henne of the law firm Swanson, Martin & Bell, said it was determined that 26-year-old Baruffi, whose last known address is Mundelein, was not present when the alleged Sept. 28 home invasion occurred.

"He was not there at all. He was with family."

Henne said the prosecution could find no evidence to support Baruffi's alleged involvement in the incident, which was reported to have occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Sept. 28 in the 1000 block of Manchester Circle in Grayslake's College Trail subdivision, near the College of Lake County.


Three suspects, who allegedly unlawfully entered the townhome of two brothers and restrained and robbed them at gunpoint, led police on a five-hour manhunt that involved a helicopter, police dogs and thermal imaging cameras after they crashed their car into an electric pole on Atkinson Road near Brae Loch Road then fled on foot.

The three men were located and arrested. A warrant was issued for the arrest of a man the victims claimed was a fourth suspect, their friend John Baruffi, who turned himself in to police a few days later.

Police conducted a thorough search of the area where the suspects crashed their car and fled, but never located any firearms the victims claimed the suspects used.

On Oct. 25, the Lake and McHenry Counties Sonar Team did a water search of Mill Creek near the Cherry Creek subdivision at Atkinson Road and Washington Street for a possible weapon and came up empty.

Henne said DNA found on ski caps worn by two of the suspects did not match Baruffi's. Henne said there was also a traffic ticket and cell phone found in the abandoned vehicle that had no link to his client.

No charges pending

Patch has also learned that the three felony charges of Class X Armed Robbery, Class 1 Residential Burglary and Class 4 Unlawful Restraint against another suspect, Richard A. Kellogg, 18, of Waukegan, were dropped on Oct. 25, according to the Lake County Circuit Court Clerk's Office.

Assistant Lake County State's Attorney Scott Hoffert, who was the prosecutor in the Baruffi case, told Patch, "There are no pending charges at this time," meaning no other suspects have been charged in connection with this case.

However, said Hoffert, the investigation is on-going.

"This is a very involved case in that the state's attorney's office did not charge all suspects the night they were in custody," Grayslake Police Chief Phil Perlini told Patch.

"I can't comment further as there is still pending DNA and other labs. We will continue to work with the state's attorney's office to prosecute this case and charge any defendants as the states attorney's office approves."

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Brad Faxton December 07, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Ok folks.... this might be the last straw. Dec 21 is coming very quickly. If you have been living under a rock, this is the end of the Mayan calendar. Meaning, the end of the world is here. Lets look at the GLARING facts: -Obama was reelected -The ACA was upheld by the Supreme Court -A home invasion bad guy was released -Taxes levies have been passed (why couldn't I vote on this??? I have always been able to vote on it in the past) for the library, village and school districts -A flower shop closed -Piggy Wiggy closed (SHOCKER!!!!) -New spires were installed - again, why didn't I have the opportunity to vote?? -There is never any traffic backups on 294 -The backlog for buying a newly released hard to get hang gun is 3 months. 3? -Facebook stock is down 50% -The DOW is down 1000 points -Cougars have been spotted on the north shore (both kinds) -There is a beer called "zombie dust" (think about this one for a LONG time) Barricade yourselves in your house. The black hole is coming.
Grayslake Fan December 07, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Another sign the world is going to end is that Brad is still commenting about life in Grayslake and how bad all things are. Brad, please move or run for office so you can be part of the solution instead of being the problem. Get involved!
Brad Faxton December 07, 2012 at 08:06 PM
It is with extreme disgust that I write this letter and say what will undoubtedly be considered stultiloquent by some of my peers. Nonetheless, it must be stated that I must protest Grayslake Fan's use of grungy, obscene polluters to achieve his indelicate goals. My hope is that the following text will delight the critical and offer food for thought to those contemplating Grayslake Fan's materialistic personal attacks. Let me sum up. The conflation of wrongheaded energumens and orgulous malefactors in Grayslake Fan's ultimata is either dramatic hyperbole or a fatal methodological flaw.
Angela Sykora December 07, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Let's stay on topic please, and not use the comment forum to trade shots or attack each other, but to have thoughtful discussion. Comments will be deleted should they violate Terms of Service. Thank you.


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