Man, 80, Arrested After Shooting Alleged Burglar

UPDATED 03/26/12 5:17 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Neighbors in Englewood are not pleased after an 80-year-old bar owner was arrested for shooting a man who was allegedly burglarizing his house.

Homer Wright allegedly shot Anthony Robinson, 19, in the leg as Robinson tried to break into Wright’s home, in the 6400 block of South Morgan Street, to steal liquor around 6:30 a.m. Monday, police said. Wright operates his bar, Tanks Lounge, from the same building, and is affectionately known as “Tank,” Englewood activists say.

The bar has been in business for more than 40 years and is considered to be a community center.

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Wright was asleep with his wife when Robinson allegedly broke into their home. Authorities said he was trying to steal liquor from the bar. Wright shot Robinson in the leg when he caught Robinson breaking in.

But Wright is a convicted felon, and is not allowed to own a gun, according to police, so he was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon.

Robinson is charged with burglary.

Wright appeared in bond court Tuesday afternoon, holding a baseball cap in his hand as a judge ordered him released on his own recognizance.

“Old man is protecting his family and his home,” Wright’s grandson, Courtney Cook, said. “Is he supposed to be the victim?”

Cook said it wasn’t the fist time someone broke into his grandfather’s building.

“December, November, … last summer,” Cook said. “He’s tired of it.”

As CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports, when Wright left the courthouse, he told reporters he would do the same thing again under similar circumstances, even though he was arrested for illegally owning a gun.

“You would too,” Wright said. “Anytime a person invading your privacy, and wasn’t invited; just go do what you have to do,” Wright said.

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Anthony Robinson, 19, is charged with burglary after breaking into the home of an 80-year-old man who shot him in the ankle. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Robinson also appeared in bond court, wearing a blue hospital gown that he held closed with one hand. Authorities said that Wright had shot him in the ankle. He was ordered held on $150,000 bail.

Wright’s arrest has made some Englewood residents so angry that they held a news conference in front of Tanks Lounge, 6458 S. Morgan St. They also came to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse afterward, as Wright was in court.

The activists point out in a news release that many other senior citizens have shot suspects in self-defense and have not been arrested.

“If the Chicago Police want to build a relationship with the community, this is a bad example,” community organizer Anita Dominique said in a news release. “I have known Tank for over 30 years and he is a pillar of our community. What does it say to me and other senior citizens that we will be arrested if we defend ourselves? This is an outrage.”

Activists are trying to convince Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to drop the charges against Wright. Prosecutors declined to comment on the case, since the case is still pending.

  • Just Axin

    Now’s there’s a good use of blacks protesting. I hope that puts pressure on Alvarez to not pursue. Poor guy.

    • Sickened

      Alvarez will attempt to crucify this guy. She said in an interview she doesn’t think anyone should have firearms except for the police and public officials like herself. I doubt she cares about the victims, only banning guns.

    • Just Axin

      Anita Alvarez, State’s Atty. This would be a good political move for her.

      • zatso

        Just look at the Vanecko/Koschman case and see what she really is.


      • G-Lep

        Yes, it would, aside from being morally right!!

    • Ken


    • Whiskey…Tango…Foxtrot

      Homer Wright shot Anthony Robinson only because Anthony is a black man. Let the burning and looting begin, we’ll make the city look just like it did in 92’. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE! NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE! NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!

    • THEE Yard Ape

      D@mn shame it wasn’t a KILL SHOT!! Pin a medal on that man.

      • G-Lep

        Yard — You’re behind on your postings today. GIT BUSY.

  • zatso

    The law is the law.

    You can’t have it both ways.

    You don’t like it, go to Florida and ask, “what would JESSE do?


    • WetNurse

      zatso, you seem to have figured this out.

      It is certainly okay for a black man to protect himself from another black man with the use of deadly force, but it is not cool to do so if the color coordination is off.

      I think I have an understanding now.

  • Damned if you do!! Damned if you don't!!!

    Unbelievable!!! Gang bangers kill people, are caught with guns, drugs, destroying property and they walk in and out of jail all the time. This is one of the reasons they don’t care to be locked up. They look at it as “now you are going to feed me and pay the light and gas on top of it!!” This man was protecting himself!! Let him go!!!

  • Me

    I agree with Zatso…the law id the law. Unlawfully owning a gun is a crime. At least someone in Chicago\Crook County is abiding by ‘Castle Law’…so far.

  • romano

    Victim or criminal. There is no middle ground in Chicago.

  • Miguel Rivera

    This is just one reason that makes me think. That should I like to retire in Chicago? Move to Florida? At least they have conceal carry, and warm weather. Plus, they would not try to prosecute the home defender.

    • zatso

      Don’t move to Detroit either.

      They stole Jesse’s Escalade hubcaps. I wonder what he would have done if he came upon THEM?


  • joedlake

    “Stand and defend,” except? Joe Lake, Chicago

  • paul

    I think that if a person that is convicted of a non forcible felony, and has no arrests for twenty years or more after there conviction should have there rights restored !

    • NWA

      Dude, its a Black thang! This is why da po po makes sure any charges on a Black man is a felonious charge.



      • George Zimmerman, American

        As it should be.

    • WetNurse

      How about, if a person that is convicted of a felony, and has no arrests for twenty years following the serving of the sentence, shall be allowed to petition to have their right restored?



  • Just Axin

    I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6. I’d request a jury trial.

  • Looking for the truth?

    Why didn’t CBS tell us what Wright’s felony charge was for? Not quite a complete story is it CBS?

    • Me

      3rd paragraph…”Thus, he was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, police said.”

      • Looking for the truth?

        Read the comment!! What was Wright’s felony aka the reason he could not own a gun.

  • lanman

    what date was his felony conviction, that matters

  • Jose

    Just look at the Vanecko/Koschman case and see what she really is.


  • Jose


  • KE

    You can charge him, convict him, BUT sentence him to Hours of Community Service.

    It sounds as if this guy tank already is positively serving his community.

  • George Zimmerman, American

    ME TOO!!!!!

  • marc(proud black man)

    This is a tough one…One minute we cry for “felons” or whatever name is appropriate for having guns, but because of age this story makes everybody biased.Personally I believe he did the correct thing as well. Whatever it takes to protect yourself or your loved ones..But, simple fact is he should not have had the gun.There’s no way around that fact. I’m sure he’ll get off and rightfully so,but this a real grey area.

    As someone said somewhere, if this was a 25 ish yr old black man defending himself even though he was a felon the sentiment here would be much different!! Just as if Zimmerman in the Trayvon, Florida shooting was black it wouldn’t nearly be the story it is now.Just facts!

    • zatso

      You answered your own question. Why can’t you get your message out?
      THE LAW IS THE LAW, or it “ain’t” the law.

      Got it?


  • Centurion

    I shall be judged by 12, before I am carried by 12. I fully support Homer Wright!

    • zatso

      How heavy are you?


  • Centurion

    To: Anita Dominique. YES…YOU WILL BE ARRESTED IF YOU DEFEND YOURSELF. That is how CHICAGO WORKS! But, if you are a patronage crony or a family member to the Mayor, an Alderman, or even the son of a retired judge (see Zimmerman in FLA), nothing will happen to you. If Anita Alvarez pursues charges and tries to put Homer Wright in prison. She is also an elected official and she can be UN-ELECTED.

  • G-Lep

    He looks purdy damn good for 80. Must be doin something right.

    • Just Axin

      G-Lep- He owns a bar. That keeps him young.

      • Just Axin

        Not always in a positive light mind you.

      • G-Lep

        Evidently. Hey, where’s Yard Ape?

      • Just Axin

        Once again, no YApe, no Lyndia….kinda makes you wonder.

      • Just Axin

        GLep- An Ape sighting in the drug dealer cop life sentence story.

      • G-Lep

        Lyndia, Lyndia, Lyndia. You’re always thinkin of Lyndia.

  • Law abiding citizen

    In my have the right to protect yourself,if someone break in.legally the 80 ys.o.has the right to protect of charge.

  • Roy Vegas

    The intruder should not have been let out on his own recognizance. The man protecting his residence/business should probably at least be allowed to maintain a weapon on those premises.

  • Tunsiss

    Good for you Mr. Wright; hope you get off with a warning.

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