BATAVIA – Batavia police arrested a Cortland man on felony burglary charges Aug. 6 after he fled from them on foot in the 400 block of Webster Street, officials announced in a news release.
Christian M. Corson, 20, of the 100 block of East Lark Avenue, Cortland, was charged with armed violence, residential burglary and theft, the release stated. The armed violence charge, a Class X felony, is punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 if convicted.
Corson used a knife to cut the screen on an open first-floor window on Aug. 2 at a home in the 900 block of North Forest Avenue, to enter with the intent of committing a theft, the release stated.
Corson was charged with armed violence because he was still armed with a knife when he entered the house with the intent to commit a theft, Deputy Chief Shawn Mazza said.
"If you unlawfully enter somebody's home – whether you encounter somebody or not – if you enter with weapon, a sidearm, a sword and there's nobody home to harm, you are still committing residential burglary with intent to commit a theft while armed," Mazza said.
As of Aug. 7, Corson is being detained at the Kane County jail, awaiting bond call, the release stated.
Officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 600 block of Kramer Court that matched a law enforcement crime alert bulletin from another jurisdiction that cited its possible connection to past home burglaries in the Chicago area, the release stated.
At about 12:15 p.m., while officers were conducting an investigation at the scene of the traffic stop, another officer located a man walking in the area of the 400 block of Webster Street, according to the release. After a uniformed officer identified himself as police, the subject began running away but was quickly apprehended, the release stated.
It is believed that Corson was likely searching for a home in the area to commit a burglary, but police do not believe he was successful in committing any home burglaries on Aug. 6, as his attempts to locate a home were likely foiled by police presence, the release stated.
Corson's facial injuries in his arrest photo were the result of him running into a fence or falling off a fence when he was fleeing police, Mazza said.
"He ran into a fence or fell off a fence and hurt his face," Mazza said. "There was no damage inflicted by police."
People who believe they may have been the victim of a home burglary or witnessed any suspicious activity between 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Aug. 6 are asked to contact police at 630-454-2500. And residents in the area who see property items in their yards that do not belong to them are asked to leave the items alone and call police, the release stated.