Will County SWAT Team Responds to Gunshots at a Home near Joliet

“Alcohol played a role” in early morning incident in Plainfield Township, 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 back yard, 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., near Bronk and Caton Farm roads.

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.

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 burglary conviction.

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


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mikecanstrom January 06, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I looked up moron in the dictionary and the same pic was there.
Clutche January 07, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Carrie January 07, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Shut the he** up thats my brother moron
Carrie January 07, 2013 at 03:39 AM
And u r the freak...whoever uses a name like clutche must be a douchebag
815crazy January 07, 2013 at 06:43 AM
its funny how when the person who got arrested is white there seems to be no racist comment.guess we know who leaves them
Carrie January 07, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Who cares if hes white.........i dont think anyone would put anything racist on here cause everyone reads it dumba**
Wow January 07, 2013 at 02:21 PM
there both repeat offenders
Wow January 07, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Numerous felonies need to both be locked up for a long time or get some kind of help. Find out all charges for someone, Will County Courts Link @
Rusty Shackleford January 07, 2013 at 02:55 PM
I noticed that as well.Of course its usually the same ignorant people over and over again who leaves them.The internet allows u to hate without wearing a hood or meeting in some secret room with a bunch of bigots. You can just create a fake profile and spew just about any hate filled garbage u want, within the legal limits. To me, its cowardice because they hide behind a screen name and say things that they wouldnt dare in a DREAM to say to another mans face.Doesnt matter if he's black or white, Right is right, and wrong is wrong no matter what nationality u are period point blank
John Roberts January 07, 2013 at 06:13 PM
So how do both get charged if only one person fired the gun?...I can see of both fired the gun but not if only one of them did.....pretty serious offense to be charged with if you did not fire the gun...
Stacy M January 07, 2013 at 06:50 PM
They both admitted to shooting the gun
John Roberts January 07, 2013 at 06:51 PM
That's because human beings in general are stupid...does not matter what race..
John Roberts January 07, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Don't be so quick to judge.....We all have slavery stitched into the fabric of our clothes...
John Roberts January 07, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Did not see where it said both admitted to it...am I missing something here?...
Carrie January 07, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Blah blah blah......when it comes down to it everyone is just dumb and retarded and everyone is racist.......ppl need to move on with their lives and jus deal with it.....ppl do more stupider things.
truckin32 January 07, 2013 at 08:36 PM
your brother is a idiot carrie. or moron!
SonofJohn January 07, 2013 at 09:19 PM
How do both get charged? The new liberal America, arrest them all and control. Guilty by association. Unconstitutional by it's very nature.
SonofJohn January 07, 2013 at 09:23 PM
The bottom line they broke the law, why, felons with a weapon.
dan January 07, 2013 at 10:48 PM
yeah all you have to say it behind the screen not to someone's face you're the moron
dan January 07, 2013 at 10:52 PM
where is there any buddies business about there criminal record
anthony lucas January 08, 2013 at 03:23 AM
i would have to say if your brother is shooting a gun in a subdivision he would be the moron !
Charmane Hobbs January 08, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Carrie I would not had admitted that was my brother. We do have freedom of speech. We are not dumba. Learn how to spell dummy. Oops! What that make you since you read the same article we enjoy reading? Don't take your frustration out on us because your brother did something real stupid. Dan I am confuse. Are you trying to say anybody business or any buddies business as you say? LOL
truckin32 January 08, 2013 at 04:38 PM
he deserves to get life in prison. we nerd to get some of these dummies of the streets for good!
Dom January 08, 2013 at 04:51 PM
He gets what he deserves.....not even out a yr...cant even take care of his son....
kimberly January 31, 2013 at 01:52 AM
people need to fall back..it wasnt carmen fault
kimberly January 31, 2013 at 01:53 AM
everyone makes mistakes..its life..an dom carmen was a great father to c4 how i no is because i was always there when he had c4 so dont sit there an say carmen didnt take care of his son..
kimberly January 31, 2013 at 01:54 AM
c4 was always feed.. he was always tooken care of...at less someone takes care of him
dominique February 01, 2013 at 07:02 PM
i wasnt talkin bout carmen,i was talkin bout hank ,i have a 4yr old son with hank...
kimberly February 04, 2013 at 09:39 PM
but i also was reading all the texts that you was sending to hank because he was always showing me an carmen... some of the times you wasnt even trying to let him see his son or anything.. you wasnt even trying to let him take him out i was over at hanks house all the time he always had money when he was talking to you an trying to get his son.. so that right there is kind of your fault sorry to say that. an you kept saying that wasnt even hanks kid that its was your bf kid you guys need some growing up to do hank was trying an i no he was
will February 09, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Move on everyone let them have their day in court


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