A second Peoria man faces charges for the January invasion and burglary of an East Peoria home in which the invaders bound and threatened to kill a resident they found sleeping.
The crime allegedly was arranged by a woman with her drug dealer to steal from the woman’s mother, who also lived in the home.
A Tazewell County judge ruled Tuesday that Johnathan Krueger, 33, should stand trial with Martez Harris, 34, on charges of home invasion and residential burglary. Krueger’s attorney sought a separate trial for him.
Police arrested Harris shortly after the Jan. 22 invasion of the home in the 400 block of Georgia Parkway. They captured Krueger in August and are still seeking to identify and find a third man who joined in the crime.
The two defendants were identified by Malisa Watson, 39, of Washington, who is expected to testify against them in trial. She also remains jailed on identical charges.
Watson’s 21-year-old son told police that, the day before the crime, he overheard his mother telling someone on her phone that “she had an idea to make some money,” a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.
The next morning, Watson convinced her mother to pick her up to go to breakfast. Watson later told police she expected her son to also come along, leaving the house empty, the affidavit stated.
The son was still sleeping, however, when he was awakened by three men wearing hoods and gloves. They put him into a bathroom tub, bound his hands, put a pillow case over his head and said they’d kill him if he made any noise, the affidavit stated.
The invaders ransacked the home for 15 minutes, stealing a safe containing $35,000 in cash and several handguns. The son untied himself after they left and ran to the home of a neighbor who called the police.
Watson told police Harris was her drug dealer and said, “I just wish I could have protected (her son), but I didn’t,” the affidavit stated.
Krueger and Harris are next due in court on Nov. 19.