Oct. 13, 2011: Homeowner Perry Pearce said he's not going to let the early-morning attack at his home drive him from the neighborhood.
The attempted armed intruder who was overpowered by the Englewood homeowner he was trying to rob now faces charges.
James Williams, 34, of the 4400 block of South Michigan has been charged with one count of armed home invasion, Chicago police said.
Williams and another man approached Perry Pearce, a Chicago Water Department employee, around 6:45 a.m. Thursday as Pearce was headed to work.
They forced him back into his home at 5722 S. Ada St. at gunpoint, demanding he take them to his safe and open it, police said.
A fight ensued, and Pearce managed to snatch Williams' gun, shooting him in the abdomen. He was taken to Stroger Hospital.
Williams' partner fled and remains at large.
Pearce told reporters outside his home Thursday evening that he thought he was going to die.
"They put a machete to my head and they said they were going to cut my ears off," Pearce said. "I was saying, 'God, this is not my time, and I know you're going to see me go out like this.'"