The Wrong Side of Crime: Home Invasion Victims Share Their Story UPDATE: Suspect Caught

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

UPDATE: Official Press Release of Suspect Caught in Home Invasion

On May 18th, 2012 at about 5:30 P.M., Rockford Police Officers responded to a man armed with a knife incident at 1413 Parmele Street. Upon arrival, officers were advised a suspect armed with a knife entered the residence and demanded money from the 72
year old victim. The victim’s son fought off the attacker. The suspect fled from the residence.

Rockford Police Department Detectives conducted follow up investigation into the incident. The facts of the investigation were reviewed by the Winnebago County States Attorney’s Office.

The States Attorney’s Office authorized the following charges:
Joshua Irvin, 26 years of age, Rockford, Illinois
Home invasion (2 counts)
Aggravated assault (victim over 60 years of age)

Rockford Police Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Irvin.

On May 23rd, 2012 with the assistance of the Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Division, Irvin was located and placed under arrest on the warrant.

UPDATE: Remember the home invasion we told you about yesterday where the suspect was caught on surveillance video? Well, police caught him today. He’s facing charges of home invasion, aggravated assault and battery.

The victim is identified 26-year-old Joshua Irvin today in a line up.

Police got a tip the suspect's name was Joshua and soon discovered Joshua Irvin was on parole for a similar home invasion from back in 2006. He got a 10-year sentence for that one, but was released from prison in February. Last Friday he held an elderly woman at knife point inside her home on Parmalee Street.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Police are still looking for a man who broke into a home Friday night and held an elderly woman at knife point. The woman and her son came to tell their story last night at city council, calling Rockford's crime a cancer that must be stopped.

23 News went to the home and has a rare look at what happens when you're on the wrong side of crime.

Toby Haldeman and his mother Dorothy have lived in their home for more than a decade near Broadway St., but recently they say crime has gotten out of control in the area and they saw it first hand this weekend.

Check out the surveillance video taken by neighbors in the attached video clip. It’s a Hispanic man in his twenties wearing no shirt and no shoes. It looks like he does some sort of dance before finally heading through the alley to his victim's home on Parmele St.

Police say he broke in by cutting a screen door in the back of the house. When the homeowner heard his mother screaming he came to her rescue, fighting with the man and chasing him out. He says the guy was lucky because there's normally at least one loaded gun in the house.

Toby Haldeman said, "When I confronted him in the kitchen with my mother, he would have been killed. i would have had no qualms unloading the whole clip into him."

Haldeman suffered a broken nose and some broken ribs while fighting with the man, but he wasn't able to steal anything.

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  • by Vet Location: Rockford on May 30, 2012 at 07:04 PM
    I’d say it’s time I got a gun. My wife can shoot, so can I. A few years ago a couple boys broke into a home and the occupant took the gun away, shot and killed one, wounded the other, who was later caught. Unfortunately, you can’t always count on someone bringing you a gun to use on them, so maybe it’s time to keep one. Calling the Rockford Police has never been helpful in any way as they’re busy preventing the heinous crime of speeding. Focus on crime, that’s where I want to see my tax-dollars applied. Forget the “wolf-pack” nonsense, generating funds for the city for whatever excess. Use the excessive property taxes we pay to patrol and combat crime, real crime, violent crime, not other things that can be addressed by a social worker.
  • by Judy Location: 06776 on May 23, 2012 at 04:31 AM
    Home invasions are increasing rapidly. These thugs know that there is less of a chance getting caught burglarizing a home then robbing businesses. So stay safe, be vigilant, install deadbolts and keep alarm activated. If you don't have an alarm system try for the most affordable monitored alarm system in the nation.
  • by buddha Location: elgin on May 22, 2012 at 07:40 PM
    where is the attached video mentioned in the story? I can't find it anywhere.
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