Woman in Chicago Suburb Holds Intruder at Gunpoint Who is Wanted in Multiple Thefts

September 22 2014
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
Gun(s) Used: Unknown Location:
# of Suspects: Shots Fired:
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Source: dailyherald.com Archive: WebCite.org


A woman in Chicago was just defending herself and her home when she held an intruder at gunpoint late last week. However, she also ended up capturing a suspect who was responsible for numerous thefts in the area.

According to the Daily Herald, a 34 year old woman came home to find a man, identified as Noah I. Perlman, wielding a hammer and a large screwdriver in her bedroom.

The woman feared for her life, grabbed a gun, and fired a shot at the intruder.

Her shot missed, but that was enough to scare the suspect and she was able to hold him at gunpoint until police arrived to take the man into custody.

After the arrest, police realized that the man was responsible for numerous recent robberies in the area. According to the Daily Herald,

Police obtained a search warrant for Perlman’s unit and recovered stolen property from a burglary in the same building last month, according to a news release. In addition, police said they found property stolen from two basement storage lockers over the past couple of months.

All of the previously reported thefts occurred after Perlman moved into the building approximately three months ago, police said.

Among the recovered items were various pieces of electronic and computer equipment, an electric guitar and amplifier, a Yamaha keyboard, and speakers, according to the news release. A stolen personal check with Perlman’s signature on it was also found in his unit, police said.

This is the 25th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Illinois and the 1,291st defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was actually shot. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

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