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Illinois SelfDefense: Concealed carry holder detained a burglar at gunpoint in Wrigleyville, prosecutors say :: 02/09/2023

Chicago — A Chicago man is facing burglary charges after a concealed carry holder caught him red-handed and held him at gunpoint until cops arrived, prosecutors said.

Tyler Hamlin, 31, already had two active felony warrants, and now he’s charged with burglary.

The concealed carry holder received a security alert showing someone was on his porch with a flashlight in the 3500 block of North Fremont in Wrigleyville around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Tyler Hamlin | Cook County sheriff’s office

The homeowner went to his garage after the prowler walked out of camera range. Prosecutors said Hamlin was inside, having entered through an unlocked door.

The homeowner warned Hamlin that he had a gun and ordered him to show his hands while his wife called 911, according to officials.

“[The police] were here in about 45 seconds, and he couldn’t get out of the garage. I was standing in the door,” the homeowner told CBS2 before charges were filed.

Hamlin’s defense attorney said he has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and gender and women’s studies from UIC. He’s unhoused and unemployed.

Judge William Fahy said Hamlin could be released on electronic monitoring without posting cash bail in the burglary case.

But Fahy also held Hamlin without bail for an outstanding warrant in a criminal damage case for which he is on probation. Prosecutors said the criminal damage matter was initially charged as aggravated arson, but Hamlin pleaded it down.

Hamlin is also being held without bail on an outstanding Will County warrant for aggravated battery of a peace officer.

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