Homer "Tank" Wright and his wife went to bed one night in their home, which is attached to the rear of their tavern in Englewood. Around 4:00 AM, 80-year-old Homer Wright was awakened by his wife who heard a noise in the bathroom of their home.
Mr. Wright got out of his bed, grabbed his .38-caliber pistol, and went to see what the noise was coming from. He observed a 19-year-old man breaking through the window in his bathroom in order to steal liquor from the tavern. In a panic, Wright shot the young man in the leg. He quickly jumped out the window and ran for a short time before collapsing in a dark alley and was apprehended by the police.
The burglar, later identified as 19-year-old Anthony Robinson, was arrested and charged with felony burglary after being treated for the gunshot wound at St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center. He is currently being held on bold, with a bail set at $150,000 in the Cook County Jail.
Robinson was not the only one charged that night. Homer Wright was also arrested and charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon after a background check uncovered two previous charges with weapons convictions from 1968 and 1994.
On Monday, Wright showed up for his court hearing and was told that all charges against him would be dropped. Wright stated "the judges and the lawyers conversed before I went to court and advised me the case was being dropped." He is very happy about this decision.
After receiving the news that charges would be dropped, the 80-year-old man told the judge he wants his gun back.