UPDATE: One Arrested in Plainfield Home Invasion, Shooting

Anthony Wilkinson, 18, was arrested by Joliet police on Sunday. Police are still seeking information on the whereabouts of 20-year-old Ryan Beattie, wanted in connection with the Aug. 14 shooting, as well as a third unidentified suspect.

Updated 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21:

One of two men wanted in connection with an Aug. 14 home invasion in Plainfield has been apprehended.

Anthony W. Wilkinson, 18, of the 400 block of Linden in Joliet, was arrested Sunday by Joliet police and booked into the Will County jail, according to jail records.

Wilkinson is charged with residential burglary, a felony. Bond was set at $250,000, meaning Wilkinson would have to post $25,000 to be released.

A second Joliet man, 20-year-old Ryan Beattie, is wanted on warrants for aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, residential burglary and four counts of home invasion.

Plainfield police on Friday said they are working to determine the identity of a third man involved in the incident. According to police, the three suspects — two of whom were wearing masks and wielding guns — entered an apartment in the 24000 block of Main Street around 1 a.m. Aug. 14 and demanded drugs and money.

A 19-year-old man was shot in the upper chest area after pursuing the three suspects from the apartment, while a second man was punched in the face several times after struggling with the assailants, police said. 

Original story, Friday, Oct. 19:

Plainfield police believe they know the identities of two of the three men suspected in an Aug. 14 home invasion that ended in gunfire.

Detective Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said arrest warrants have been issued for Ryan M. Beattie, 20, of the 700 block of Winterberry in Joliet, and 18-year-old Anthony W. Wilkinson of the 400 block of Linden Avenue in Joliet.


McQuaid said the warrants were issued "after a lengthy and detailed investigation."

Beattie faces pending charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, residential burglary and four counts of home invasion—all felonies—according to police.

Wilkinson is wanted on a warrant for residential burglary.

Police are still working to determine the identity of the third suspect, McQuaid said.

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Police believe Beattie shot a 19-year-old resident in the upper chest during a scuffle in the vestibule of the apartment building after the teen pursued the three suspects. The victim also suffered an injury to his arm, and was treated and released from an area hospital following the shooting.

According to police, six people ranging in age from their late teens to their early 20s were in the apartment when the suspects entered, demanding drugs and money, shortly after 1 a.m. Aug. 14. Two of the home invaders were wearing masks over their faces and brandishing firearms, police said.

Another resident was also injured during a struggle inside the apartment after being punched in the face several times by one of the suspects, according to police. He was treated by paramedics at the scene.

This summer, police said the assailants specifically targeted the Main Street apartment.


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Beattie or Wilkinson is asked to immediately contact the Plainfield Police Department.

"If you see these two offenders, do not attempt to approach them," McQuaid said in a press release. "Immediately call 911 and notify the local authorities."

Anyone with information on the case—including the identity of the third suspect—is asked to call Detective Dino Dabezic at 815-439-7652.

Cary October 22, 2012 at 07:07 PM
That offender in the fires was arrested and to my knowledge there was not even close to 15 fires.
Tim October 22, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Cary, I quite clearly said he was arrested. What I also said, was that it took 2 months to find a 14yr old kid who was doing this all on the same block. What did the PD do after the Fire Chief concluded arson? Nothing. How about the second time... nothing. It all happened on ONE BLOCK, and the PD did absolutely nothing of importance for 2 months. The pattern in this department, is that actual crimes get put on the back burner while the chief pushes his pet projects. If anything comes up that interferes with what he wants to do, well it will just have to wait. Talk to the residents experiencing what can only be called an exponential increase in vehicle break-ins(not unlocked cars) about how quickly they feel the chief is reacting to the realities on the ground.
Tim October 22, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Ah, yes. There's your version, and then there's the version that is well known in the business circles in town as to why the old editor at this patch was asked to leave by AOL management(who owns Patch) for banning numerous accounts that pointed out the factual errors(with evidence) in her 'reports', a.k.a rumors disguised as news. Under the new and improved editor, not one single post of mine has been deleted, or account suspended, even though I am making the same statements, backed up with the same supporting evidence. Amazingly, there are also no stories by this editor filled with speculation and rumors presented as reliable sources. You obviously can not address the points being brought up, so you resort to personal attacks. As if the location of an account has any bearing on the outside world whatsoever. In doing so, you add more support to those who have also noticed the lack of prioritization going on from the top down in this department.
Tim October 22, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Bingo! Patrol officers being reduced, at the expense of more traffic enforcement officers. The point, of course, is that the choices by the chief have real world consequences. He put forth a '3 year strategic plan' in 2011, that has not been modified one single time to address the obvious shortcomings that it has with patrol coverage. Residents simply have to ask themselves if they feel it is an appropriate use of resources. This chief has held this position for almost 2 years now, and there is a significant change in the perception of the residents in the department as a whole. The majority of the residents do not feel railroad enforcement should be taking a priority over property and firearm crimes that have increased under the 'leadership' of the current chief. I'm not bashing all cops, contrary to what you like to claim. I am addressing the shortcomings with the orders that come from the top down. I'm sure the regular officer doesn't like the department being criticized for things they can't control, any more than the residents like dealing with the results of this failed strategic plan.
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