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Man Who Claimed He Was Attacked At Home Was Actually Burglar, Police Say

By Kelly Bauer | July 11, 2017 8:18am | Updated on July 14, 2017 11:26am

CHICAGO — A man who said he was robbed, stabbed and punched in his South Chicago home Tuesday was actually the person who tried to burglarize the home, police said.

The man originally told police that at 5:25 a.m. he was in his home in the 2900 block of East 80th Street when three men came in through an open door. The 55-year-old man said he struggled with the three men, and during the fight he was punched in his face and stabbed in his right thigh.

The men took cash from the man and then ran away, he told police.

But police said an investigation revealed that at 3:30 a.m. the man actually had tried to break into a neighbor's house in the 2900 block of East 80th Street. He was spotted by a child who screamed, police said, and the man fell off a landing in the home and impaled his leg.

The man walked to a bus stop at 79th Street and Exchange Avenue, and a person who was there grew concerned about the man and called 911, police said. The man was taken to Northwestern Hospital, where his condition was not available, but police said he was listed as "stable."

The case was reclassified as an attempted burglary, and the 55-year-old was in custody with charges pending.