Charges Dropped Against Man, 81, Who Shot Englewood Burglar

Homer Wright was arrested last week for shooting a home intruder in the leg

Monday, Apr 2, 2012  |  Updated 10:59 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Homeowner, a Former Felon, Arrested After Allegedly Shooting Burglar

Charges were dropped Monday against Homer Wright, 81, who shot Anthony Robinson, 19, accused of breaking into Wright's home in Englewood, in the leg.

advertisement
Photos and Videos

Homeowner, a Former Felon, Arrested After Allegedly Shooting Burglar

Homer Wright was arrested Monday after he allegedly shot Anthony Robinson, 19, in the leg. Police said Robinson was trying to steal liquor.
More Photos and Videos

Charges were dropped Monday against an 81-year-old Englewood man charged with shooting an alleged attempted burglar.

Homer Wright, of the 6400 block of South Morgan Street, was arrested a week earlier after he allegedly shot Anthony Robinson, 19, of the 6600 block of South Wood Street, in the leg.

Police said Robinson broke into Wright's home-business about 6:30 a.m. last Monday on the 6400 block of South Morgan Street to steal liquor. Wright, who owns a business next door, then allegedly shot Robinson.

Police later discovered Wright is a former felon and is not allowed to possess a gun. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, and Robinson was charged with burglary.

"I knew I was not supposed to have a handgun in the city but I did and got caught up with it. But I still think should have it," Wright said Monday through the backdoor of his bar.

Wright said he'll buy what he calls a "clean" gun if someone has one to sell and said he'll take action to protect his business, even it it means getting arrested again.

"If someone's going to be breaking in here, I'm going to use it," he said.

Robinson was ordered held on $150,000 bond. Wright was released Tuesday, but some Englewood community members said they were still outraged over his arrest.

"We're calling for the State's Attorney to drop the charges against Homer," said Darryl Smith, a member of the Englewood Political Taskforce, last week. "He did what any citizen would have done"

"As a senior citizen we need to do whatever we need to do to protect ourselves,” said Englewood block club president Anita Dominique.

News breaks at inconvenient times.Stay tuned to NBCChicago wherever you go download our iPhone and iPad apps, now available on the iTunes App Store. Get  your iPad App. Get your iPhone app.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out