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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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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