Charges filed in Norwood Park burglary where children hid in house; passerby helped nab suspects

An area resident helped officers apprehend two men who allegedly burglarized a home in the 6800 block of West Hobart Avenue while three girls were hiding inside at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15, according to 16th (Jefferson Park) District police.

The girls, ages 8 to 11, reportedly heard the sound of glass breaking from the rear of the house, and one of them called 911 and locked herself in the bathroom, while the other two hid in a bedroom, according to police. The suspects apparently cut themselves as they entered the home through a broken window, police said.

The men left behind a pillowcase with jewelry as they fled when they heard sirens, and a knife, which may have been moved from elsewhere in the house, was found on a bed, police said. The men reportedly did not encounter the girls, who were not injured, police said.

A passerby who lives in the area tackled one of the men and told officers that the other man was in a nearby backyard, where officers found him under a rear deck, police said. A driver for the two men was not apprehended, police said.

The suspects, who were identified by police as Michael A. Alarcon, age 29, and Marcos Alarcon, age 25, both of the 3300 block of North Normandy Avenue, were charged with burglary, police said.