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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Jack Russell January 28, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Sounds like a drug deal gone bad. Maybe the resident on Terrace Rd. might try a safer way of making money.
SouthSide January 28, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Both suspects flaunt their drug dealings on their facebook pages. Stupid is as stupid does. Luke works as a server at Olive Garden. They should fire him.
Southside2 January 28, 2014 at 11:43 AM
I just read their FB pages. These thug idiots aren't worth the cold blood in their veins.
Jack Russell January 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM
@ Dustin Deker. Your comment is that of a sick individual. You may want to seek professional help.
Brian Mul January 28, 2014 at 06:55 PM
So wait did they get caught? Are they still selling?
Steven Mullner January 28, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Ummm no first off all everybody we haven't been sellin drugs and steph rostoker needs to mind her own business
Steven Mullner January 28, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Wow Homewood patch who ever runs this can u take this off of here
George Zimmerman January 28, 2014 at 09:17 PM
Stephanie shut up....you sound like a nagging teenager
George Zimmerman January 28, 2014 at 11:14 PM
@jaybee boi-boi well there's certainly nothing wrong with finding out what actually happened in this "armed robbery" seeing how the victim was "acquainted" with his robbers
Barry white January 29, 2014 at 12:53 AM
Even if the guy was a drug dealer that doesn't mean someone can pull a gun on him, take his money, and kill his dog. What's wrong with the idiots in this town!? You think that if someone sells drugs it somehow makes all this okay!? Really? Pathetic.
Dan January 29, 2014 at 08:15 AM
wow, homeboy flushmore is really going down the tubes.
Dan January 29, 2014 at 09:40 AM
homewood flossmoor soon to be university park.
Genvieve LaChappele January 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM
It is so sad to watch this community go down like this.
George Zimmerman January 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Blah blah blah crime happens everywhere
John May January 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM
There are certain posters who always seem to say the same thing whenever a crime happens in Homewood. "Town is going down the tubes/flusher/hill"... and sometimes they throw in some racist phrases. They have every right to speak their minds... but that point of view is hugely overrepresented on Patch. Maybe all the people in Homewood who know that this town is actually very nice, and isn't going down anywhere, could post more.
Stephanie Jane Love January 29, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Actually George I'm a loving mother & wife & not a nagging teenager. I find it inappropriate that there are people posting with my name on here & stirring up drama when I don't even live in homewood anymore. And George who looks like the teenager when your the one posting judgement on me and you have no idea who I am.
Stephanie Jane Love January 29, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Every comment on here is inappropriate or out of hand, and I agree with Steven Mullner that this should be removed immediately.
Nick January 29, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Homewood the next university park?? Y'all mfs are ridiculous, Homewood is with out a doubt a much more "safe" town. You think petty little crimes like this are outrageous, surrounding cities have people being killed daily, not dogs gettin stabbed every once and a blue moon. On another note, I guarantee most if not all of you commenting clowns, have absolutely no relation with either of these guys. Luke happens to be family of mine, I recently visited him. If you ask the victim, Steven, he should verify that about all the commotion was on Ruiz behalf. Open up your eyes and look beyond media.
Nick January 29, 2014 at 03:38 PM
Stephanie you must have just recently decide to have settled down, from what I remember you use to be the one to call at night for a get right.. It's funny how people are so quick to express their opinion in somewhen when that someone is no longer around..
Stephanie Jane Love January 29, 2014 at 06:00 PM
What is with all you immature people? Seriously , a call late night to get right? Lol
George Zimmerman January 29, 2014 at 09:42 PM
G Zimms in the house!
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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