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Autolycus
August 18, 2006, 05:34 PM
http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/dsindex/18-ds1.htm

Trip to gas station for Tylenol turned into a nightmare for Oak Forest family


Friday, August 18, 2006




By Kristen Schorsch
Staff writer


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George Sayegh left his home shortly before midnight Tuesday to get Tylenol for one of his daughters, who had a headache.
It was a trip he never will forget.

As he returned home minutes later, Sayegh turned to close the door and found a gun stuck in his face.

"We need the safe," the gunman said.

For the next 10 minutes or so, Sayegh found himself in a nightmare that ended when his wife alertly called 911, resulting in the arrest of three ex-convicts who apparently believed they would find a lot of cash in his house.

"It's like a movie," he said. "I hope it never happens to anybody else."

Bail was set Thursday for the three intruders, all from Chicago — $200,000 for Dornell Hicks and Charles Lawson and $150,000 for Jason Thomas. Each is charged with five counts of home invasion.

The men have lengthy criminal records, including convictions for armed robbery, drug possession and hijacking vehicles, according to Cook County court records.

Sayegh, 45, told the Daily Southtown on Thursday that he went to the BP gas station at 159th Street and Central Avenue for the Tylenol and pulled a $20 bill from a wad of cash in his pocket totaling $400. He returned to his car and drove home — not noticing he was being followed.

As he entered his house in the 15400 block of David Lane, the gunman confronted him. Sayegh told the man he didn't have a safe. One of his daughters saw the commotion and screamed.

His wife and two of his five children were sleeping upstairs. Another daughter on the first floor heard the screams and came out of her room. That's when the intruders took Sayegh and three of his children to the basement, where his 81-year-old father slept, Sayegh said.

Inside his father's room, two of the men searched Sayegh, taking his money and a pack of cigarettes. A third man acted as a lookout upstairs.

"My 14-year-old daughter told (one of the men) to go buy drugs and leave us alone," Sayegh said. "I told him to take the gun out of my face. I was scared more than her."

One of the men grabbed a phone and told the oldest daughter, 17, to wrap her family's hands with the cord. The girl has bruises on her arm from when a man used a gun to push her downstairs, Sayegh said.

He said the family remained in the basement for about five minutes and then were ordered upstairs to the family room. Again, the gunmen asked for a safe. They also wanted socks.

"The only time I got scared was when they asked for socks," said Sayegh, thinking they might use socks to cover their guns before shooting. "That's nothing I heard of before."

Meanwhile, Sayegh's wife awakened, saw one of the men on the stairs, went back to her bedroom and called 911. Minutes later, the men saw flashing lights from police officers and tried to flee.

Oak Forest police caught one of the men as he ran into the back yard and a second man after he ran out the front door, police said. The third man was found hours later walking around the police station.

Police recovered a loaded revolver in bushes outside and an automatic handgun in a neighborhood garbage can, Police Chief Dennis Olszewski said.

If convicted, each man faces up to 30 years in prison, Assistant State's Attorney Michael Sorich said.

Hicks' criminal past includes a total of 45 felony charges, court records show. In 2003, Hicks, 34, was sentenced to prison for armed robbery with a firearm. He also received a six-year term in 1994 for armed robbery.

Lawson, 26, has a record that includes serving a total of 15 years for drug possession and two separate armed robberies, one of which involved a carjacking, court records show.

Thomas, 31, was sentenced in 1994 to 10 years in prison for hijacking a vehicle with a dangerous weapon, according to court records. He also was sentenced in 2001 for felony possession or use of a weapon and in 2003 for drug possession.

The men are due in court Sept. 6 for a preliminary hearing, Sorich said.

Contributing: Ben Lefebvre

Kristen Schorsch may be reached at kschorsch@dailysouthtown.com or (708) 633-5992.

I stopped at that gas station 2 nights ago on my way to the movies!

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Aggie's Revenge
August 18, 2006, 05:38 PM
:fire: How the hell is it, that a man with 45 prior felonies is actually walking the streets?

wdlsguy
August 18, 2006, 05:40 PM
He returned to his car and drove home not noticing he was being followed.

Another good reason to check your rearview mirror from time to time.

Phetro
August 18, 2006, 05:45 PM
"My 14-year-old daughter told (one of the men) to go buy drugs and leave us alone," Sayegh said. "I told him to take the gun out of my face. I was scared more than her."

Disgusting that milquetoasts like this are the average in modern America. Just...utterly...:barf:

Oak Forest police caught one of the men as he ran into the back yard and a second man after he ran out the front door, police said. The third man was found hours later walking around the police station.

Not very bright--fits the criminal bill pretty well!

Hicks' criminal past includes a total of 45 felony charges, court records show. In 2003, Hicks, 34, was sentenced to prison for armed robbery with a firearm. He also received a six-year term in 1994 for armed robbery.

Aggie, he's probably back on the streets because only two of the charges resulted in convictions--that's what this paragraph seems to suggest...though even if he has more than that, it's practically impossible to be on the streets with anywhere near 45 convictions...right? :uhoh:

Standing Wolf
August 18, 2006, 08:31 PM
How the hell is it, that a man with 45 prior felonies is actually walking the streets?

Considering what's in high public office in Illinois, I'd guess it's plain old-fashioned professional courtesy.

4sooth
August 18, 2006, 08:48 PM
A officer here arrested a professional shoplifter who had been arrested 230+ times over a period of 15 years. Her rap sheet was 32 feet long!

I still have a rap sheet for a felon who had 65 felony arrests over 20 years to include attempted murder of police,burglary and armed robbery.It is almost 10 feet long.

People with these types of records walking around in society are common.Much more so than the general public knows.

Autolycus
August 18, 2006, 09:04 PM
And yet me walking around with a gun is seen as a bad thing. I live in Orland Park, a suburb that borders this town, and drive through this town on occasion. You can literally see the neighborhood getting worse in that town and it is starting to spread.

We need a CCW bill to be passed here in Illinois. Its only a matter of time before it happens to one of my family members. :fire:

I wonder what kind of guns they used? Simply so I can check and see if they were banned in the Cook County AWB. Just want to see if it makes a difference.

sctman800
August 19, 2006, 01:46 AM
Hicks' criminal past includes a total of 45 felony charges, court records show. In 2003, Hicks, 34, was sentenced to prison for armed robbery with a firearm. He also received a six-year term in 1994 for armed robbery.



Even if he only had these two convictions a prior felon doing an armed robery in 2003 should not be back on the streets, at least not yet. Stuff like this goes on constantly in our wonderful state of Ill. Jim.

PCGS65
August 19, 2006, 02:31 AM
What about the 3 time loser law? Don't we have it in Illinois?
Do the anti-gun people want these guys on the streets to give them more ammo for disarming us? Cause if they locked them all up crime would drop drastically.:barf:

Don Gwinn
August 19, 2006, 01:22 PM
There are only two convictions mentioned in the article. The "Three strikes and you're out" sentencing only applies to three strikes, not two. ;)

Mandirigma
August 19, 2006, 07:38 PM
...and pulled a $20 bill from a wad of cash in his pocket totaling $400. He returned to his car and drove home not noticing he was being followed.

I see three mistakes. First off pulled from a big wad of cash. Second, lacking Situational Awareness. And thirdly not carrying a weapon.

I routinely carry around $400 or more on my person. (I get paid in cash from my job) One of the first things I do is seperate my cash. I carry in two "wallets"(I've found that Binder Clips work better than any money clip), the majority of my money, drivers license, bank cards and CHL are in one pocket (typically behind my G33) The throwaway wallet has no more than $100 in it at anytime, as well as an old Drivers License (with an old address) and an old Bank Card.

I would hope this event will prompt him to work on the last two mistakes.


The guy was lucky. He got "honest" criminals. All they were there was for the money. The situation would have been different if upon entering and not seeing a safe in anger they decided to have "fun" with the man's wife and daughters.

PCGS65
August 19, 2006, 11:34 PM
by Don, There are only two convictions mentioned in the article. The "Three strikes and you're out" sentencing only applies to three strikes, not two.
Don I believe the article talks about two prison sentences being served. I was thinking with 45 felony charges he must have at least 3 convictions when 2 are known. There's definatly something wrong with our system when someone with 45 felony arrests in not in prison for life without parole.:uhoh:

Autolycus
August 19, 2006, 11:55 PM
Mandirigma unfortunatley the man was not allowed to carry a weapon here in IL.

As for the problem I see. In 1994 the criminal was sentenced to 6 years in prison. So lets assume he got out in 3 years. Then again in 2003 he was sentenced again for armed robbery. So he does another 3 years. But he can be charged with a Federal gun crime so he would get additional time and should not be out in 2006 but more like 2011. Anyone else agree?

In all respects the man should not have been allowed to walk the streets.

And that little girl has some cajones.

Erebus
August 20, 2006, 09:36 AM
How the hell is it, that a man with 45 prior felonies is actually walking the streets?Didn't the 3 strikes law get tossed in favor of keeping judges in charge of sentencing?

Maybe I am thinking of a federal law.

Autolycus
August 20, 2006, 09:41 PM
I think your right and they tossed it. I know IL has a good time system for the prisons. I am under the impression that for every good day you have you get to take one bad day off of your sentence. Not really sure how it works. Perhaps one of the LEOs on the board could explain it better.

Mitty
August 22, 2006, 02:20 PM
There are only two convictions mentioned in the article. The "Three strikes and you're out" sentencing only applies to three strikes, not two.

Zell gave us a two strikes law! :) There's no law maker better than a thinking, conservation, God fearing Democrat. Too bad Zell was the only one. :(

Edmond
August 22, 2006, 05:48 PM
That area around there is going to the dumps. Last week, we were hired to do a thorough sweep of the apartment buildings over there near the Metra station. We searched every building and stopped everyone asking for ID to see if they lived there. One of the guys there, who claimed to be a gangster disciple, had threatened a security guard there. The boss had a few words with the guy, who probably stood about 6'8", 350 and the gangster backed off real quick.

When we were patrolling the perimeter, people came out onto their balconies and asked us stupid things like, "are people selling drugs here?" Geez, you live here and you don't even know?:(

Autolycus
August 22, 2006, 09:10 PM
Edmond PM inbound.

Autolycus
August 22, 2006, 09:13 PM
That area is going downhill fast. I am in neighboring Orland and expect Orland to be like that in a few years. This is my home and I would like to keep it nice.

GoRon
August 22, 2006, 10:03 PM
That area is going downhill fast. I am in neighboring Orland and expect Orland to be like that in a few years. This is my home and I would like to keep it nice.

I wouldn't worry about that. You have golf courses as a buffer all around your town.:D

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