Updated: April 23, 2013 12:21PM
WINFIELD — There was an armed home invasion in the 10300 block of Nelson Street on Friday sometime after 5:30 p.m.
Lake County Police Detective Ed Jenkins is investigating the case and is asking that anyone with information call him at 755-3346 or 755-3334. The police department also maintains an anonymous tip line at (800) 750-2746.
On Friday evening shortly before 6 p.m. the Lake County Sheriff’s Police received the call. The call was made from the homeowner’s neighbor’s home.
Patti Van Til, spokesperson for Sheriff John Buncich, said that the armed break in took place not long before the call for help was made.
According to a statement made by the homeowner, he and his family were at home when three men opened the front door and walked into the house with guns in their hands. Two of the men were wearing ski masks.
Van Til stated that the suspects demanded that each family member surrender cell phones and wallets.
After that the frightened family was ordered into an upstairs bathroom. They were held there with one of the men guarding the bathroom door, while the other men ransacked the home.
The homeowner said he left the bathroom after he thought that the suspects had left the house. He then ran over to his neighbor’s house and asked to call 911.
Lake County Sheriff’s Police Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene to try and save any evidence that may have been left behind by the men that held this family captive at gun point.
The home is located less than one driving mile west of the Winfield Town Hall and less than one mile north of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.