DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Oak Brook Chief of Police James Kruger announced today that bond has been set for a Cook County man accused of attempting to break into an Oak Brook home on Thanksgiving night. Sean Anderson, 24 (d.o.b. 10/30/1997) of the 1300 block of Mandel Avenue, Westchester, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Susan Alvarado set bond in the amount of $750,000 with 10% to apply. Anderson has been charged with one count of Armed Violence (Class X Felony), one count of Attempt Home Invasion (Class 1 Felony), one count of Attempt Residential Burglary (Class 2 Felony) and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon (Class 2 Felony).
On November 25, 2021, at approximately 5:50 p.m., officers with the Oak Brook Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Glenoble Court for a call of a male suspect who attempted to enter a residence. Upon their arrival, officers learned that the individual, later identified as Anderson, had fled through the backyard towards Roosevelt Road. Two officers on Roosevelt Road observed Anderson and began foot pursuit, apprehending him less than one quarter mile away on Roosevelt Road near the I-294 ramp. It is alleged that officers observed a loaded firearm under Anderson as they rolled him over from his stomach to his back. Following an investigation into the matter, it is alleged that the female victim heard a knocking at the back door and believing it may be her husband, opened the door. It is alleged that as she opened the door she found Anderson had already opened the screen door. It is further alleged that Anderson said he was from the energy company and demanded that she let him in. It is alleged that the woman refused, shut the door and called for her husband. It is alleged that when her husband arrived, Anderson, with a gun in his hand, again said he was from the energy company and demanded to be let into the house. It is further alleged that when the husband refused, Anderson fled the scene. During the course of the investigation, it was learned that the defendant is currently on parole for a 2018 Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking out of Cook County.
“It is alleged that on Thanksgiving night, Mr. Anderson armed himself with a handgun and shattered the tranquility of an innocent couple’s Thanksgiving evening.” Berlin said. “He was unable to gain access to their home however, and fled the area when the homeowner refused and alerted authorities. Thankfully, the homeowners were not physically hurt. I want to remind homeowners not to open their doors to anyone they are not expecting or who does not have the proper credentials. I commend the Oak Brook Police Department for their quick response and apprehension of Mr. Anderson. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Sara Henley and Denis Cahill for their work in securing charges against this defendant.”
“I would like to recognize the outstanding work our officers performed, risking their lives to apprehend an armed suspect and continuing to demonstrate their commitment to our community and profession,” Kruger said. “I also want to thank State’s Attorney Berlin for taking the time and personal interest in this case, reaching out to me on Thanksgiving night to ensure we had everything we needed. Our partnership and commitment to justice is truly an example for the entire nation.”
Anderson’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 20, 2021, for arraignment in front of Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh. If convicted of the most serious offense, he faces a penalty of between fifteen to thirty years in the Illinois Department of Correction.
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.