Elderly woman targeted in Naperville home invasion, sheriff says

Thaddeus Jones is charged in the Naperville home invasion.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — An Aurora man has been charged with breaking into an elderly woman’s home, robbing her and stealing her car.

The attack happened about 7:15 a.m. Friday in Naperville, according to the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. Thaddeus Jones, 21, is accused of breaking into the woman’s home and forcing her to take him to nearby bank to retrieve money. Authorities described the woman as “elderly” but did not provide her exact age.

Once the pair returned to the woman’s home, the sheriff’s office said, she fought off Jones and escaped. Jones is accused of stealing the woman’s car.

Naperville police found the car at a nearby motel, according to the sheriff’s office. Jones was arrested following a brief foot chase.

Jones, of Aurora, is charged with home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and possession of a stole motor vehicle. He appeared in bond court Saturday, where bail was set at $1.5 million, authorities said.

“Your home is the one place where you should always feel 100-percent safe and secure,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin said. “It is alleged that in the middle of the night, Mr. Jones violated that security when he broke in to his victim’s home and attacked her. This type of brazen behavior will not be tolerated and will be met with the full force of the law.”