April 7, 2009

Police: Robber needed diaper cash

Police said a suburban Chicago man arrested after a home invasion robbery admitted to perpetrating the crime to buy diapers for his baby.

Authorities said Jeremy Humphrey, 21, knocked on a Park Forest, Ill., family's door at 8 a.m., March 15, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and shoved the female homeowner into a wall, the Southtownstar reported Tuesday.

He had his hood up, Park Forest Police Cpl. Mike Baugh said in court. When he turned on a man in the house, the woman ran away screaming.

Baugh said the woman called 911 from a neighbor's house while Humphrey allegedly stole a $100 bill, a $5 bill and three $1 bills from a bedroom in the home.

The corporal said the suspect was carrying a $100 bill when he was arrested hours later at his home. He said Humphrey confessed to the crime and identified his victims in a reverse lineup, the Southtownstar reported.

He said he needed money for his child, Baugh said, He indicated his daughter's mother needed the money for diapers.

Humphrey was being held in lieu of $500,000 bond. He is due back in court April 27.