RIVERSIDE - Bond was set at $150,000 Thursday for a Berwyn man charged with armed home invasion in connection with a January 2019 incident in Riverside.
Police arrested Joshua Noah, 23, of the 3700 block of South Clarence Avenue, in court Wednesday where he was appearing in connection with a June 2020 shooting in Berwyn.
In that case, Noah allegedly fatally shot an individual on Ogden Avenue during a dispute at a auto repair shop. He was charged at the time with a misdemeanor gun violation. Additional charges have not been filed, Riverside police said.
The armed home invasion took place on Jan. 25, 2019, at a house in the 200 block of West Quincy Street. Noah was one of three men who allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint a man in his early 20s The three armed men beat the man and his mother, police said. The incident involved an unpaid drug debt, police said.
The assailants blindfolded the man and stole a vehicle from his house. The suspects left in two vehicles. The kidnapping victim was later dumped in the 4300 block of West 47th Street in Chicago where one of the vehicles was recovered, police said.
A 16-year-old girl who was in the house at the time of the home invasion who was not injured.
During the course of a 20-month investigation, Riverside detectives gathered physical evidence, conducted numerous interviews, searched for video surveillance, performed cell phone search dumps and cell phone tower triangulation and worked with the United States Secret Service Technical Data Unit for assistance with the cell phone tower bouncing. Additionally, detectives traveled out of state to investigate leads that helped lead to the arrest, police said.
"I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of our detectives and other law enforcement partners whose tireless efforts helped put this case together,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said in a statement. “I know these types of crimes can be very traumatic to the victims, and I hope they can take some comfort in knowing one suspect has been arrested and held accountable.
"This case would not have been able to be brought to a conclusion without the initial patrol officers’ response on the night of the incident and proper documenting of evidence, interviewing witnesses and preserving evidence for detectives. This was a total team effort."
In August 2019, Noah was arrested in Cicero in connection with a drug case involving a weapon.The case is still pending and he is out on bond, Riverside police said.