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Attacker Slices Tinley Park Man With Box Cutter in Home Invasion: Police

The victim suffered minor injuries after a man cut the Tinley Park resident and forced his way through the front door, according to police.

UPDATED: 4:18 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10

A man cut a Tinley Park resident with a box cutter Thursday night after forcing his way into the resident's home in the 7900 block of 164th Court, according to police.

The victim suffered minor injuries from the home invasion attack, and he was treated and released at local hospital, said Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Neubauer.

The attacker came to the victim's front door Thursday, Jan. 9, and after the victim opened it, the attacker cut the resident and forced his way in, Neubauer said.

"The man [attacker] was in the house for a while," Neubauer said, adding that a woman also was in the home at the time of the attack.

The attacker then left the house, and the victims called 911 at around 7:45 p.m. Thursday, he said. Besides the box cutter, police believe the attacker might've been armed, Neubauer added.

Neubauer would not comment on whether the attacker and the victim knew each other, but he said this did not look like "a random act." Police are continuing to investigate this home invasion, and they don't think the attacker is still in the area, he added.

Neubauer gave the following description of the attacker:

  • White male
  • 30 to 45 years old
  • 6-feet tall
  • 180 to 200 pounds
  • Blonde hair and mustache
  • Blue eyes

The attacker was said to be driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with temporary Indiana plates, Neubauer added.

When asked if anything was missing from the home, Neubauer said he wasn't sure but that the attacker could be charged with various crimes stemming from this incident.

This incident also is not thought to be connected with a series of other burglaries that have happened throughout the village since Jan. 1, Neubauer said.


ORIGINAL STORY (10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10)

Tinley Park police are investigating a burglary Thursday night in the 7900 block of 164th Court where one person suffered minor injuries, said Chief Steve Neubauer.

This incident is not thought to be connected with a series of other burglaries that have happened throughout the village since Jan. 1, Neubauer said.

READ: 4 Tinley Park Homes Hit in Burglary Spree: Police

According to residents in the area, the burglary happened between 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Police were out until 1 a.m. Friday, investigating this incident, Neubauer said, describing the burglary as "a complicated case."

Neubauer would not release any more details until he had seen the full report.

Patch will continue to update this story.
BKM January 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM
I hope the injuries are to the offender!
The Oracle of Tinley Park January 10, 2014 at 05:55 PM
Got it! Be on the look out for a 70's adult film star.
TP Karen January 10, 2014 at 05:55 PM
A complicated case? In order to protect themselves, I think the residents have a right to know why the PD does not feel it is related to other recent home invasions. The more information residents have the better they can protect their families.
Titan Dad January 10, 2014 at 06:33 PM
Not random. Sounds like somebody owed some money to someone
Joe Vince (Editor) January 10, 2014 at 07:47 PM
@Titan Dad: Unless you're the attacker or the victim, I don't think there needs to be that kind of speculation about this crime when someone was hurt. —Joe Vince, Tinley Park-Oak Forest Patch Editor
Harry Callahan January 10, 2014 at 08:27 PM
@JOE seems Tinley is coming apart from the seams,wait this is just the tip of the iceberg.MaYBE FOR ITS RESIDENTS NOT GOOD! FOR u GUYS LOOKS GOOD.
Harry Callahan January 10, 2014 at 08:30 PM
But then again "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE".
Jill January 10, 2014 at 09:36 PM
I live behind this guy. I noticed police everywhere, and then when I saw a supervisor come following, I new something happened. But of course when I cal police station the man says that nothing but a phone call coming thru and nothing came abt......hmmmmm another lie....then to read abt that it was a robbery and that it was not just random robbery but a it was thought to be targeted.....called tonight and the lady said that they still think it was targeted....no it was a man trying to knock on anyones door to get someonento answer over here and my neighbor happen to answer....and bamm the dude pushed his way thru with a box cutter! im scared for our kids in the community...do not answer ur doors, keep them locked at all times.make your families aware.....and I wish the police would stop hiding things this important from public.....
Tony January 11, 2014 at 04:48 AM
XDM 9mm w 19 rounds vs box cutter...I'd like to give this coo-coo-bird my address privately so he could knock on my door with his box cutter. I'm not sure where these whack jobs come from but I'm quite sure I know where they should go and I'd be happy to help them get there sooner than later!
Roscoe January 11, 2014 at 04:36 PM
I agree with Titan. We dont have the Manson family trolling the town here im sure. Im willing to "bet" that this is a case of "payment due." I could be wrong about the reason but this isnt a house in a secluded area next to an expressway. John Holmes went to that house for a reason.

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