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Dog Killed in Homewood Armed Robbery

Two Chicago Heights men are each being charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal.

Two Chicago Heights men involved in an armed robbery that lead to the slaughtering of a Homewood man’s dog now face felony charges, according to police. 

James Ruiz, 19, of the 200 block of W. 13th St. in Chicago Heights and Luke Conwell, 22, of the 100 block of Strieff Ave. in Chicago Heights, were with the Homewood man—with whom they were acquainted—in the garage of his home in the 1900 block of Terrace Road just before 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21, according to reports.

Police say the three men had been in the garage for “20-25 minutes” when Ruiz pulled out a silver handgun, charged the weapon, then put the gun to the victim’s head and demanded his possessions. The victim complied and placed his belongings—a wallet, some cash and a cell phone—into a blue backpack belonging to the robbers, according to the report.

After the man emptied his pockets, Ruiz hit him on the side of the head with his gun and made him lead the group to the loft area of the garage, police say. When they discovered it was merely a storage area, Conwell expressed interest in going into the house but was dissuaded when the victim told them his parents were home. 

As the victim descended from the loft, he took advantage of his head start and ran out the main door of the garage, locking it behind him, according to reports. From there, he ran into his house to alert his father, who called police. 

After notifying authorities, the father and son went to the garage. They found the main door open and both men gone. When the two returned to their home, they discovered their dog bleeding from the neck, according to reports. The dog was taken to a veterinarian where it died from its injury.

Bothe Ruiz and Conwell were charged with armed robbery and aggravated cruelty to an animal.

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Dan January 30, 2014 at 08:10 AM
183rd. and halsted, ghetto,and moving south. it's like cancer,section 8.
George Zimmerman January 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM
I don't think any of the individuals involved are on section 8. Additionally Steven mullner (the victim) is a Caucasian male along with Luke conwell who is listed as a Caucasian male on the cook county jail website. James Ruiz is listed as a Latino. Hmmmm...
Genvieve LaChappele January 31, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Nobody here is making racial comments people, so put the race card back! I said that it was sad to watch Homewood go down the tubes. Losers come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Lack of morals and values is at the root of most of our collective troubles. We have had many bad things happen here and they continue to happen. Where the criminals are from is not the focus. When the 7 11 clerk gets a gun to the head, do you really think they care where the gunman is from? The crime is steady in Homewood and that was the point. And no it doesn't happen everywhere!
George Zimmerman January 31, 2014 at 09:49 PM
Actually it does happen everywhere. Not all crime is reported in the news.
Suck My Dick March 05, 2014 at 07:07 PM
Yo what happened was messed up and shouldn't have went down, but for you messy SOB'S on here that label a person because of a bad choice they made can suck a dick and die. I know both of these dudes personally and they aren't bad people that's out to fuck up the world they just made a fucked up choice. so watch yo fucking mouth.

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