DECATUR – Three Central Illinois men are each facing multiple felony charges, including Class X home invasion, for allegedly bursting into a westside home and punching a man until he passed out.
A 33-year-old man was in his apartment in the 800 block of West Main Street about 9:15 p.m. March 19 when he heard a "soft knock" on his front door.
When he opened the door, he saw three males standing outside.
"Two of the males pushed him backward into his apartment and entered the apartment without permission," said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Kimberley Chaney.
The victim told police that once inside, two of the males “began striking him in the face repeatedly with closed fists.” He believed he was struck about three or four times before he lost consciousness.
After witnesses saw the suspects leaving the scene in a silver-colored car, officers stopped the vehicle less than a block away.
Delle R. Wilson, 28, and Thomas A. Lawhead, 30, both of Decatur, and Michael E. Lawhead, 32, of Springfield were all found inside the vehicle. The victim and other witnesses identified them as the men who entered the apartment and battered the resident.
The victim suffered a “bloody and swollen” face, swollen lips, a swollen nose which the victim believed might be broken, and a loose front tooth.
The three suspects were arrested about 10:15 that night and booked into the Macon County Jail, where Wilson and Michael Lawhead are being held on $50,000 bond. Thomas Lawhead is being held on $51,000 bond.
They were each arraigned Tuesday on one count of home invasion, punishable by six to 30 years in prison, and two counts of mob action, punishable by one to three years. They are due in court April 12 for their preliminary hearings.