Bradley Finnan has been charged with the death of his alleged accomplice and home invasion was shot and killed by the home owner
Finnan, 39, and Larry Brodacz, 58, armed, broke into the home in Arlington Heights in Chicago at around 1:55pm on Saturday afternoon, wearing masks, gloves, baseball caps and black jackets.
Shocking daylight home invasion during virus lockdown is stopped by Chicago homeowner who fatally shoots one of the masked intruders inside and then chases the other to his front yard
Saying ‘Hey, how you doing boss?’ before they two gun-wielding would-be robbers barged into the home occupied by Sebastian Maniscalco, 50, his wife, 48, and their two children aged 11 and 14
One allegedly chased the homeowner’s wife and held her children at gunpoint
That suspect was shot dead in self-defense by the homeowner but the other escaped
He has since been caught and charged with the murder of his alleged accomplice
Footage shows the robbers approaching the house and barging in before the homeowner wrestles one outside
Finnan could face a life sentence if convicted and will next appear in court on April 21
Bradley Finnan, [photo], has been charged with the death of his alleged accomplice and home invasion. He could face a life sentence if convicted after his accomplice was shot and killed in a home invasion robbery gone bad.
A homeowner in Chicago over the weekend stopped an attempted break-in during coronavirus lockdown by fatally shooting one of the two intruders and beating the other.
Doorbell footage released by Illinois police shows Bradley Finnan and Larry Brodacz approaching a home in Arlington Heights in Chicago at around 1:55pm on Saturday afternoon, wearing masks, gloves, baseball caps and black jackets.
Finnan, 38, and 58-year-old Larry Brodacz allegedly, posed as police officers, with video footage showing one intruder saying ‘Hey, how you doing boss?’ before they both barge into the home of Sebastian Maniscalco on April 4.
Maniscalco, 50, his wife, 48, and their two children aged 11 and 14 were all home at the time
At this point distressing screams can be heard from within, with a female voice yelling ‘Hey!’ repeatedly. Maniscalco’s wife allegedly told police she saw the men with guns in her foyer before Brodacz chased her upstairs, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The wife hid in her children’s bedroom but Brodacz allegedly smashed through the door, snatching the couple’s son and daughter before pinning them on a bed and pointing his gun at them.
When the children’s mother begged him not to shoot, Brodacz pulled his gun on her and pushed her to the floor, authorities said.
It is believed that the struggle between Maniscalco and Finnan outside of the front of the home and caught on doorbell footage took place while Brodacz was terrorizing the rest of the family within.
Video footage shows a barefoot Maniscalco, dressed in a red t-shirt and shorts, shoving Finnan out the door. He pins him to the ground and punches him repeatedly, landing a series of blows.
Maniscalco can be heard shouting for help towards landscapers across the street. Finnan escapes the homeowners’ grip, and trips into the street and makes off in Brodacz’s Lexus as the homeowner races back inside.
Door bell camera catches the robbers, Bradley Finnan and Larry Brodacz, as they approach the Arlington Heights home, and ring thee doorbell. Footage released by Chicago police shows Finnan carrying a bag containing zip-ties and a blow torch. Police later recovered the bag, as well as firearms and various shell casings at the scene
The would-be robbers can be seen wearing baseball caps, jeans and black jackets as they approach and ring the doorbell in the usually quiet neighborhood. The barged into the house when the homeowner answered the door
Maniscalco told police he fired his wife’s gun but it missed Brodacz. At some point during the struggle he said Brodacz pulled a knife from his waistband and began to approach him.
At this point Maniscalco fired his wife’s gun again, shooting Brodacz in the abdomen as he advanced towards him. Brodacz was pronounced dead at the scene by police, who had been called by the couple’s 14-year-old child. Authorities said Brodacz had been killed in self defense, according to the Daily Herald.
He said: ‘This is an open case therefore I will limit any description of the horror, terror and fear my family had to endure that day and all that continues.
‘There are no words to be found to appropriately define the ongoing aftermath of this event for our family. We are doing our best and praying each following day will bring better than the last.’
Maniscalco heaped praise on the emergency services, adding that: ‘It is so incredibly important we acknowledge and thank all of the Arlington Heights law enforcement, Detectives, Special teams, SWAT, Paramedics, Fire department, Forensics and at the front of this case, the lead detective and her unwavering, above and beyond non stop effort to bring justice to our family.’
He expressed a heartfelt thanks to the Arlington Heights community and the ‘Unbelievable numbers opening their homes to us for a place to stay during this already unprecedented quarantine time. Offering to get us groceries, prepare meals for our family, get or buy us clothing. Offering to do anything and everything that would HELP’.
Maniscalco added: ‘We may have experienced the incredible evil in the world but because of all of you, you made sure we can still see there is Good.’
Chicago police arrive at the Maniscalco home in Arlington Heights after the home invasion by Bradley Finnan and Larry Brodacz on April 4
The Cook County state’s attorney’s office court records say that Brodacz and Finnan’s scheme was deliberately hatched to coincide with the state’s stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic, The Chicago Tribune reported.
Arlington Heights Police arrived shortly after Finnan fled and found Maniscalco’s wife in front of the family home screaming that her husband was inside and fighting someone with a gun.
The Daily Herald reported that police met the Maniscalco as he walked down from the second storey. He was bleeding from a head wound allegedly inflicted by Bodacz and carrying a gun, and told officers he had shot the offender.
Officers discovered two 9mm cartridge cases, a knife, a .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with seven, .25 caliber rounds, and the wife’s 9mm handgun in the master bedroom.
The usually quiet neighborhood was soon swarming with law enforcement, including a SWAT team, and officers with the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System and the Major Case Assistance Team.
He told investigators Brodacz claimed to have $200,000 in boxes at the home 20 years ago and believed it was still there, according to The Daily Herald. He said he knew Brodacz from a car dealership where they had both worked.
On Tuesday Finnan was charged with felony murder and home invasion after allegedly being one of the two armed men. He is being held in Cook County Jail without bail following a bond hearing.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide, and Finnan has been charged with felony murder and home invasion. He was charged with the murder of Brodacz under an Illinois statute that allows defendants to be charged with murder if they take part in a felony offence that leads to another person’s death, even if the defendant was not directly involved in the killing.
His accomplice, Larry D. Brodacz, 58, of Buffalo Grove, was shot dead by the homeowner during a struggle inside the house, in what authorities said was self-defense.
He is next scheduled to appear in court on April 21, where he could face a life sentence if convicted.