3 charged in Oak Lawn home invasion

A judge denied bail today for three men charged with shooting a woman during a home invasion in Oak Lawn.

Timmie Walton, 27, of the 3300 block of West 147th Street in Midlothian and two Chicago men -- Keon Thigpen, 22, of the 300 block of South Albany Avenue and Kennedy Clark, 50, of the 1200 block of South Lawndale Avenue -- each was charged with attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and home invasion for an attack that took place early Wednesday in a house on the 10100 block of Buell Avenue in Oak Lawn, according to a police news release.

About 12:15 a.m. the three men -- along with a fourth suspect who still has not been arrested -- grabbed two women from a front porch and forced them into a rear entrance of the home, where a male relative of the women fired two shotgun rounds at the attackers but missed, police said.

A 24-year-old female homeowner was shot in the arm by one of the attackers before they fled, apparently without taking anything, police said. The woman was treated and released from Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The suspects drove off in a blue 2002 Ford Explorer and the three men were arrested after police pulled the SUV over near 61st Place and Harlem Avenue in Summit, while the fourth man was able to escape. Police had described him as being in his early 20s, at the time wearing jeans and a sports jersey with stripes.

One of the victims is a store owner in Chicago who was a victim of an attempted armed robbery in the same Oak Lawn home in November 2010, and police are looking to see if the two attacks are related, according to the Oak Lawn news release. Walton and Thigpen are members of the same Chicago street gang, police said.

The three men appeared in the Bridgeview Courthouse today, where bail was denied. Future court information was not available.


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