The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office has made five arrests in connection with a South Beloit home invasion in which a man and his family fought back against the intruders.
On Thursday, June 14th, police were called to a home in the 14000 block of Prairie Commons Lane around 2:40am Thursday. Investigators say a female acquaintance of the father visited around 2am. The woman then informed the victim that she had a friend waiting in the car and she was invited inside.
A few minutes later, three masked men forced their way into the home and tied up the father and his two teenaged children.
However, the father and one of his son’s freed themselves and fought the masked men. The father was able to take a knife from one of the suspect’s and stabbed him with it. During the scuffle, the two sons fled the home. All five home invaders then ran into a dark colored sedan and took off.
On Tuesday, June 19th, investigators followed evidence to the 3200 block of Alida Street in Rockford where detectives located and arrested five people allegedly involved in the incident.
Cherita A. Hanson, 34, Charles J. McCanse, 34, of Mt. Morris, Sallie M. Prince, 25, Alec T. Pully, 32, of Elgin, and Antwon D. Smith, 38, were charged with Home Invasion, Conspiracy to Commit Home Invasion, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Residential Burglary.
Prince was also charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Deliver.
McCanse was allegedly found with a non-life threatening stab wound to his back.
All were taken into custody and transported to the Winnebago County Jail.
Several of the people arrested have prior convictions:
Antwon Smith is Currently facing misdemeanor domestic battery filed in 2017, pleaded guilty to drug charges in 2013, 2015, and pleaded guilty to theft in 2002.
Cherita Hanson pleaded guilty to drug charges in 2013, 2017, pleaded guilty to retail theft in 2016, pleaded guilty to domestic battery in 2012, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in 2010, pleaded guilty to retail theft in 2003.
Sallie Prince pleaded guilty to prostitution in 2017.