SWAT Team Responds to Gunshots in Plainfield Township

“Alcohol played a role” in early morning incident, police said.

Two men were arrested early Sunday after making an alcohol-fueled decision to fire off some rounds with a semi-automatic pistol in a Plainfield Township backyard, police said.

Hank M. Robinson, 25, is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and not having a firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card following the incident at his home at 23542 W. Bentley Dr., located near Bronk and Caton Farm roads.

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A second man, Carmen R. Nero III, 33, of the 2800 block of Warren Dorris Drive in Joliet, was also arrested on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and lacking a FOID card, according to Will County Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas.

No one was hurt in the incident, according to police.

Kaupas said Joliet police received a call around 3:30 a.m. from neighbors who said shots had been fired at the residence.

Upon arriving, Joliet police discovered Robinson, clad only in shorts and a T-shirt, in the backyard.

Robinson, who refused to cooperate with police, had apparently been locked out of the home.

Kaupas said the other individuals at the house had shut the door behind Robinson and locked it. According to police, five adults and one child were inside the home. Kaupas said he did not know the age of the child.

After realizing the Plainfield Township home was under the jurisdiction of the Will County Sheriff’s Department, Joliet police contacted the sheriff’s office, Kaupas said.

After the occupants of the home failed to answer their telephones and would not come out of the house, Will County’s Special Operations Group (SOG) responded to the scene and took up tactical positions, Kaupas said.

“It’s what you would call a SWAT team,” he added, but noted that the extra firepower wasn’t necessary. At around 6 a.m., an SOG member using a bullhorn ordered the occupants to leave the home, and they finally complied.

The adults were interviewed at the Will County Sheriff’s Department investigative office, where investigators determined Robinson and Nero were responsible for firing the weapon.

“One or both of them admitted they were intoxicated and decided to fire some shots in the backyard,” Kaupas said, adding one round may also have been fired inside the house. “Alcohol played a role in this.”

Investigators recovered 13 shell casings from a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Though an initial search of the house failed to turn up the gun, detectives who interviewed Robinson and Nero learned the weapon had been stashed in the attic. It was later recovered by investigators, Kaupas said.

Despite the tactical response, police don’t believe the occupants of the home were in any real danger, according to Kaupas.

“They weren’t shooting at each other,” he said. “There was no indication of an argument.”

Because a child was present at the home, Kaupas said the Department of Children and Family Services was called in to assist following the incident.

The early-morning stunt could send Robinson back to prison, police said. According to Illinois Department of Corrections records, he was paroled in April 2012 after serving 15 months on a conviction for multiple burglaries.

He also did time after a 2006 conviction for damaging property, according to IDOC.


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Matt January 08, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Seeing as how I live in PLAINFIELD and this ridiculous behavior happened less than a half mile from home, I don't care what the hell town it ACTUALLY is, I want to know about it! Everyone stop your crybaby pissing and moaning and grow the hell up! The stories on the Plainfield Patch are supposed to inform Plainfield (AND Plainfield Township) residents what's happening in their community. Since many of us live near Joliet, I don't see why this is a bad article. If you don't like the articles posted here, don't read the Plainfield Patch you pansies!!
pdl January 08, 2013 at 02:43 AM
7500? That's it? I'm disappointed. Freedom of speech is the constitution....you can't buy that at Walmart with your camo snuggie. There is an age old saying "you will never meet a smart criminal"
T-Bone January 08, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Are you a Crack Head or something? I'm not talking about your sister! Lol What a family!
jono100 January 08, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Yea mind your own business Jane doe and duck when your dumb hillbilly neighbors shoot thier guns. Carrie go back to the hills with your brother/boyfriend.
Shannon Antinori (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Again, everyone needs to stop with the insults and name-calling.
DRS January 08, 2013 at 06:49 AM
While we discuss which town this actually happened in, why was it posted in this paper, laugh or joke about the mental stability of the people involved, has anybody realized that this happened a few houses and across a street from a grade school? Where children walk to school, go out for recess to play. We are a few weeks past what just happened in Newtown, Ct a tragedy we could not take in. The Aurora Co. shooting, again, unbelievable, right? Here but for the grace of God, we have a situation that was thwarted at the forefront instead of reeling in the aftermath of a tragedy.
DRS January 08, 2013 at 07:07 AM
I don't know what the answers are, or if there are any answers. I appreciate the men and women who protect our communities risking their lives just going to work. I wonder about the circumstances that brought this family to the degree of disconnect from society and denial that they are at. I hold out hope that as a society we can come to a time where we can become a proactive team in facing the disfunction of the society we live in and positively bann together to make things better, Somehow. Wishful Thinking.
stella hartman January 08, 2013 at 01:54 PM
He knows he made a mistake but leave my family along and quit talking crap about my brother. Is that you low lifes know who to do is talk crap? you were one of his friends at time and then turn your back on him like the rest of you back strabers.
NotKeepingUpWithTheJones' January 08, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Wouldn't this be three strikes since it's his third time being locked up for being a menace to society? Too bad they don't put him in for 25 years.
TB Plfd January 08, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Im done hearing about this story i cant wait to read about this one JOLIET — Police arrested 10 drug dealers and seized more than 23 pounds of heroin and cocaine during a recent investigation, authorities said. Some $232,000 was also recovered during “Operation Red Baron,” a joint operation between the Joliet Narcotics Unit and the FBI, Joliet Chief Mike Trafton said.
Stu Pidassle January 09, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Nosey neighbors that have no lives???? Your family has brought our whole neighborhood down a few notches by your un kept property, and your criminal activity. Hank has ALWAYS been a problem to society Carrie. Remember when he stole your boyfriends paycheck and tried to cash it ? Remember when he was told to leave the childrens play area across the street for using foul language, and went back over and burned the brand new playground equipment to the ground to get even? Your stupid brother has NEVER held a job in his life! 2 years ago, your grandmother was going door to door in the neighborhood trying to borrow money to get Hanks cell phone turned on, because he was throwing a temper tantrum......at 23 years old.......ya, and we're the ones who don't have a life???? You are a blithering idiot.....
Stu Pidassle January 09, 2013 at 03:17 PM
We ARE minding our business ! And our first order of business is to get the rest of the inhabitants out of that disgusting, filthy rats nest of a house that YOU and Hank and Stella have destroyed! Your grandmother tried her hardest to raise you rotton kids, but failed miserably....your cousin , his wife and their 5 year old daughter need to GO! WE WANT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BACK! WE WANT THE ROBINSONS OUT!!!!!!!!!!! FOR GOOD!!!!!
Stu Pidassle January 09, 2013 at 03:39 PM
My God, you are incredibly ignorant......
Stu Pidassle January 09, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Ahhhh, but there ARE alot of people who know you on this board......your family has brought all of this on themselves.....you people are a boil on the butt of humanity!
Stu Pidassle January 09, 2013 at 03:49 PM
And Stella, how is this no one elses business, when your stupid brother is shooting handguns in our neighborhood? Trust me, everyone remembers when YOU lived here, and would go off into a screaming insane rants through the neighborhood! Just look at the house you grew up in......my God!, and you think it's none of OUR business?????
Allons-y January 09, 2013 at 04:48 PM
it's public record...
Carrie January 09, 2013 at 10:46 PM
He did something dumb but he would not kill anyone like ppl in chicago everyone up there r cold hearted bastards .....so once again this shannon women take this dang report down
Carrie January 09, 2013 at 10:52 PM
U talk bout my brother what bout the main person carmen nero...it was his gun in the first place....and he held ppl in the house hostage and it includes a child .......and that happened after hank gave him self up....but yet carmens bond is lower
nuff said January 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Another great bit of writing from Shannon now like I've said in the past if we all had as much passion for rasing our children as we do for ripping on each other and they're beliefs we just might not have stories such as these to comment on
Stella Hartman January 13, 2013 at 05:26 AM
agreeed with tina
Cindy B January 16, 2013 at 03:41 PM
You have a serious problem. There are no very few students at South from Crest Hill. Those children go to Central. There are residents of incorporated Plainfield who do go to South. Some by choice, some by boundary. Maybe they wanted to escape the ever growing Heroin problem at Central. Wake up. There is a lot of crime going down on the North side of Plainfield. If you & Ron want to pretend like it doesn't exist go ahead. As far as demographics go both areas are very similar in makeup. A slight advantage in college education & income go to the area you don't like. A disadvantage to crime rates goes to the area you love. I would love for all of the people who live off of Caton Farm Rd to stop shopping, dining, & spending money in Plainfield. Do you know who supports local businesses in Plainfield like Tischlers, Peter Rubi's, MoeJoe's, Eich's, Uptown tap, Cathy's Sweet Creations, Taphouse, etc.....? The people you hate. Do you know where people on the North side of town shop- Naperville.
Dom January 20, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Boo hoo poor hank.......he didnt learn the first time ..i hope he gets hard time...
kimberly February 16, 2013 at 09:36 PM
i agare with you. hank didnt learn his lasson the frist time. so now hes learning it now.
kimberly February 16, 2013 at 09:52 PM
so true. he so dose. he didn't learn the first time. what makes you think he's going to learn this time. an why would they even have drunk people doing there in the first places when they no they have a lil girl in that house.
Rex Smiley February 19, 2013 at 02:56 AM
They look like beavis and butt head !
mary jane February 24, 2013 at 01:59 AM
lol thats way to funny
mary jane February 24, 2013 at 02:20 AM
hank will never learn ever.....
mary jane February 24, 2013 at 02:22 AM
he wont go to chi town he scared in the first place and 2nd i dont think he would make it back in one pieace....
kimberly February 24, 2013 at 08:21 PM
ok rex if you aint got nothing nice to say then dont write on here they really dont care what you think of them. keep your comments to your self
kimberly February 24, 2013 at 08:25 PM
that already happend to him. so your wish came true.


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