Car ID Leads to Burglary Bust, Joliet Police Say
The victims of the break-in spotted Deshawn Matthews jumping into a vehicle and were able to describe it to officers, Cmdr. Rich Demick said.
A good description of the getaway car was all Joliet police needed Sunday to track down a man accused of burglarizing a local home.
Deshawn Matthews, 21, of 217 3rd Ave., Joliet, was arrested just a short time after he was observed fleeing from a house in the 400 block of Grant Street at about 6:20 p.m. by the returning residents, Joliet police Cmdr. Rich Demick said.
Matthews jumped into the rear of a car being driven by some friends, but not before the victims were able to get a good look at the vehicle and give the details to the police, Demick said.
A short time later, Officer Jamere Price saw a car matching the description and pulled it over, prompting Matthews to take off running, Demick said. Price caught him, took him into custody and then had the victims ID him at the scene of the crime.
Matthews later confessed to breaking into the home and was charged with residential burglary and resisting/obstructing a peace officer, Demick said. He was also charged with a parole violation.
A list of what was taken was not available, Demick said.
The people in the car with Matthews were not arrested because it could not be proven they were involved in the crime. However, the driver was charged with driving on a suspended license, Demick said.
Matthews is being held in the Will County jail.