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Man charged in Joliet Township home invasion

Michael Ruiz
Michael Ruiz

JOLIET TOWNSHIP – A man was arrested Sunday after allegedly forcing his way into an Ingalls Park home.

Will County sheriff's deputies were called to the 100 block of Jessie Street in Joliet Township and learned a man had forced his way inside, according to a statement released by Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson.

Once inside, the man threw a woman to the floor and demanded she give him his money back. When she tried to call 911, he took her cellphone and broke it, the statement said.

Witnesses heard cries for help and notified police when they saw two men leaving in a green Ford Escort. Joliet police located the vehicle and suspects in the 100 block of Arizona Avenue in Joliet, according to the statement.

Michael Ruiz, 38, of the 100 block of Arizona Avenue, was arrested on charges of home invasion, battery, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and vandalism. The other man was questioned and released without charges.

Police believe the incident stemmed from a failed drug transaction, the statement said.

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