Joliet police: Man wanted for break-ins, threats nabbed
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org February 6, 2013 2:46PM
Updated: March 8, 2013 7:40AM
A man sought for allegedly breaking into two homes and threatening people at gunpoint has been arrested, Joliet police said Wednesday.
Norman A. Simpson, 32, had been captured by police in Blue Island, police said.
In October, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Simpson carrying $1 million bail, Chief Mike Trafton said.
At the time, Trafton described Simpson as “Joliet’s Most Wanted,” saying he is considered armed and dangerous.
Early Oct. 5, Simpson’s ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend awoke to find him breaking into their Richmond Street house and standing over their bed with a shotgun. He attempted to fire it, but the weapon malfunctioned, Investigations Cmdr. Brian Benton said.
Simpson then struck one of the victims in the head with the butt of the gun and fled, Benton said.
Simpson also is suspected of later breaking into the home and pouring gasoline on the bed. He also is accused of threatening the ex-girlfriend’s sister and her boyfriend at a home on Juniper Avenue.
Besides being a suspect in the home invasions, Simpson is wanted on arrest warrants for domestic battery and failing to appear in court on charges of motor vehicle theft and driving on a suspended license. He also previously has been arrested on drugs and weapons charges.