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Four arrested after home invasion, fight at Mundelein home

Francisco Pina, 18, of Mundelein, Benjamin Rodriguez, 23, of Mundelein, and Jeffrey Zuraitis, 18, of Mundelein.

Four people were arrested after a home invasion that led to a brawl involving several people and police officers in Mundelein on Wednesday.

A large police response was sent around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to the 300 block of Longwood Terrace in Mundelein for a 911 call of a home invasion.

Benjamin Rodriguez, 23, of the 900 block of Stratford Lane in Mundelein, was charged with home invasion, aggravated battery to a police officer, criminal trespass to residence, along with several misdemeanor charges of battery, property damage and resisting a peace officer.

Francisco Pina, 18, of the 400 block of Longwood Terrace in Mundelein, and Jeffrey Zuraitis, 18, of the 500 block of Shady Lane in Mundelein, were charged with misdemeanor battery. A 17-year-old Round Lake boy was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor and released to his family.

Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther said that Rodriguez threw rocks at the home and then kicked in the front door. After he entered the home, a woman armed with pepper spray tried using it on Rodriguez but he took it and used it on her and others.

Responding officers found several people fighting Rodriguez in the front of the house. Officers were able to arrest three of the people but Rodriguez and Pina resisted, leading officers to use a stun gun on Rodriguez.

Multiple ambulances were called to the scene to treat several people. During the fight, Rodriguez also spit on an officer’s face, Guenther said, adding that Rodriguez knew the residents in the home and it was not a random attack.

Rodriguez remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on June 27.


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