Posted: Jul. 21, 2014 4:22 pm Updated: Aug. 4, 2014 5:15 pm
Jon Matuszak talks with a Quincy Police Department officer Monday morning after he said he was robbed in his home. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)
By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Jon Matuszak didn’t think twice about going into his residence at 900 Locust around 10 a.m. Monday morning.
Matuszak had just returned from running an errand when a neighbor tried to stop him before going into the house. The neighbor told him that two men wearing white gloves and white masks — one of them carrying a baseball bat — had just entered the back door of the house.
Knowing his older brother, Patrick, was sleeping inside, Jon Matuszak rushed inside.
“My bedroom door was closed,” Jon Matuszak said. “I turned the knob to open. As I opened up the door, the guy cocked the revolver back and sticks the gun in my face. He said, ‘Get back, (expletive), or I’m going to shoot you.’ The other guy, the kid behind him, is in the corner with a baseball bat. I stepped back, they go out the front door and went running.”
Matuszak checked on his brother, who slept through the incident and was unharmed. He then rushed after the men, who fled into the nearby woods at the Illinois Veterans Home across the street from the house. The incident set off a police manhunt that closed off part of the Veterans Home and put the facility into lockdown mode for a few hours. The search eventually expanded after a near two-hour search of the Veterans Home grounds came up empty.
Police are searching for two men between the ages of 18 and 22. The names of the suspects have not been released.
“The only thing I can tell you is our investigators will be actively working on the case today,” Deputy Chief Doug VanderMaiden said Tuesday morning.
On Monday afternoon, VanderMaiden described the suspects as “armed and dangerous.”
Matuszak, 21, said he lost two video game consoles, a Sony PlayStation 3 and an Xbox 360, a pocketknife and a large Miller Lite bottle bank filled with change and currency.
Matuszak’s mother, Kathy Boll, said the men took a handgun — a Ruger P94 — she had just bought that was under her bed. Boll, who was at work when the invasion happened, said the gun was not loaded.
“I feel violated. I don’t feel safe at all,” Boll said.
Quincy police set up a perimeter around the Veterans Home quickly after getting the initial call just after 10 a.m. Police were stationed from North Fifth to the east of the property to Locust and other points to the south. Two entrances to the Veterans Home property off North Fifth and Locust were closed. Police closed down the southwest portion of the property in order to do a search for the men.
The Veterans Home was on lockdown for nearly two hours, and residents were asked to stay inside. Quincy Public Schools kept nearby Washington School closed because of the manhunt and cancelled the summer lunch program for the day.
Patrick Matuszak, left, and Kathy Boll talk to Herald-Whig reporter Don O'Brien about the home invasion. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)