Three Charged in Oak Lawn Home Invasion

Charges have been brought against three men who police said went to an Oak Lawn home with the intent to commit armed robbery. The home was targeted in a similar armed robbery last November.

Police arrested and charged three men nabbed after a home invasion in which a woman was shot. The crime has rocked a quiet neighborhood in Oak Lawn.

Timmie Walton, 26, of Midlothian, and Keon Thigpen, 22, and Kennedy Clark, 50, both of Chicago, have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and home invasion.

Police said Walton, Thigpen and Clark showed up at a residence on the 10100 block of South Buell Court shortly after midnight intending to commit armed robbery. The men removed two women from the front porch of their house and walked them to the rear entrance where they forcibly entered the home.

Once inside, a male relative confronted the men and shot at them with a shotgun but missed. A 24-year-old woman was shot in the arm. She was treated at and released from Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said.

One of the victims owns a store in Chicago. Police said the storeowner was the victim of an attempted armed robbery at the same address in November 2010. No one has been charged in that incident.

The Oak Lawn Police Department is investigating both crimes for links.

Police said Walton and Thigpen are affiliated with the same Chicago street gang.

The three men appeared in court Friday morning and were denied bail.

jo August 13, 2011 at 02:42 AM
this is so scary. i live down the street and have my adt activated all the time now. i see the police circling a lot more which brings me some comfort. i moved here because i wanted to feel safe. makes you wonder if having a fire arm in your own home for your own protection is a necessity and i hate guns..but i am scared.
Glen Kato August 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM
DLC Dave - perhaps you should read the news more. With the real estate market being the way it is, your house is already worthless.
frances lowery August 22, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Jerry September 22, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Jo, find a qualified NRA certified instructor and take a class. It is well worth it. There is much more to home defense than shooting the first thing that walks through your door. They teach you everything you need to know to cover yourself legally because, believe it or not, you don't automatically have the right to shoot someone who breaks into your home. You will also be given e opportunity to fire several different types of firearms to determine which is best for you. And if after the class you decide it's just not right for you, there is nothing lost but the cost of the class and a few hours of your time.
P Roberts October 25, 2011 at 08:48 PM
For anyone out there who thinks we do not need as many first responders as possible, read these comments carefully. That entire "Trick or treat" fiasco bordered on insane. There are dangerous people walking our town who do not ring doorbells. I used to play a game with my kids when they were young. Without turning around, they could tell me who was walking behind them, It made them alert to their surroundings. They were very good at it. Reading some of these postings, from adults, makes me wonder. This town has been in a state of change for quite a while. And adults are just catching on? Our police are great, but no personal body guards available. Wake up Oak Lawners. The times they are a-changing.And you're right in the middle of it all.Watch the Board meetings carefully. Do you feel safe?


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