Charges in suburban burglary and shooting

Written By By Mike Nolan Sun-Times Media Posted: 03/03/2014, 04:07pm
Array Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy speaks during a press conference at the Orland Park police Station regarding the home invasion and shooting of a resident of a home on Antelope Lane in Orland Park, Illinois, Friday, May 10, 2013. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

Two Indiana men have been charged and a third is being sought in connection with a May home invasion in Orland Park in which a 30-year-old resident was shot three times but pursued his attackers as they fired at his van, police said.

Warren L. Hunter, 31, of Gary, and Brad Len Kemp, 27, of Lake Station, are charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the May 10 break-in and shooting. Police previously described the incident as a targeted attack.

An arrest warrant has been issued for another Gary man, 27-year-old Jeremy Watson, police said in a news release, noting that Watson “should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.”

A fourth suspect in the home invasion, Anthony “A-Train” Espinoza, fatally shot himself hours after the incident as police converged on a location in East Chicago, Ind.

Two men forced their way into the victim’s home about 3 a.m. as he, his fiancee and their two young children slept, according to police. They said the intruders demanded money and jewelry and pistol-whipped and shot the resident, who nonetheless pursued the fleeing men in his van — being fired at before losing sight of their vehicle.

Kenny Giertz, an uncle of the shooting victim, said Tuesday that he and other family members, including his nephew, feared further attacks after the home invasion, and the couple moved from the home they were renting. He said his nephew is still having problems with his right arm because of a bullet wound but was “relieved” to hear of the arrests.

Police said Hunter had been held in Lake County, Ind., refusing to agree to extradition to Illinois, but he was finally charged Jan. 13 and had bail set at $5 million.

They said Orland Park and Lake County, Ind., police arrested Kemp on Jan. 16 in Lake Station, and he waived extradition. A Cook County judge on Tuesday set his bail at $1 million.

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