Door cam footage from a suburban home in Illinois captured the harrowing moments last weekend when two intruders wearing medical masks and gloves attempted to force their way through the front door.
The homeowner killed one intruder with a firearm and sent the other running down the street. The video showing the incident is from a doorbell camera and was originally obtained by The Daily Herald.
Police have not identified the victims, but the homeowner appears to have spoken out about the incident in a public Facebook post.
“Most are aware of the armed home invasion in Arlington Heights on Saturday, April 4th. Many of you are aware, and for those that are not, this is about our family, OUR HOME,” Illinois resident Sebastian Maniscalco 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.”
The footage from April 4 depicts Bradley Finnan, 39, and Larry Brodacz, 58, walking up to the home around 2:00 p.m. wearing medical masks and gloves. One carries a bag while the other knocks on the door.
When Maniscalco opens the door, Brodacz says, “Hey, how you doing, boss?” and forces his way inside. Finnan follows close behind and a struggle ensues off-camera.
Maniscalco can be heard yelling, along with what sounds like a woman’s voice.
About 20 seconds later, Maniscalco and Finnan burst out of the house, and the homeowner throws the intruder to the ground. Maniscalco can be heard yelling for help to a group of landscapers across the street as he continues to strike Finnan.
Soon after, Finnan runs down the street and Maniscalco runs back inside.
Investigators later learned that while Maniscalco had been fighting Finnan, Brodacz had broken into Maniscalco’s bedroom, where Maniscalco’s wife had hidden with their children, according to the Herald. Brodacz pushed the children onto the bed and pointed a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun at the woman.
Maniscalco had by that time returned to the house and retrieved a handgun, with which he tried to shoot Brodacz. A struggle ensued after Maniscalco’s first shot missed, and Brodacz went after Maniscalco and his family with a knife. Maniscalco fired a second shot that hit Brodacz in the stomach, and he died at the scene.
Police caught Finnan and have charged him with home invasion and murder, according to the Herald. The murder charge comes from a statue that allows defendants to be charged if they take part in a felony offense that leads to another person’s death.
Authorities told the Herald that the homeowner acted in self-defense and will not be charged. He suffered a head wound in the altercation with Brodacz.
The incident took place in Arlington Heights, a suburb northwest of Chicago. Finnan lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but went to high school in a city about 80 miles west of Chicago called Rockford. Brodacz lives in Buffalo Grove, just north of Chicago.
Chicago Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck said in March that he had instructed his officers to limit the number of arrests in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Two days after the incident, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommended that anyone leaving their homes wear a mask.
Finnan, who is being held without bail, told investigators that Brodacz claimed to have seen $200,000 cash in boxes in the home 20 years ago and believed it was still there, according to Cook County prosecutors.
Investigators later found that the bag Finnan brought to the home contained zip ties and a blow torch.
Just a few hours before the attempted robbery took place, Finnan posted on Facebook a happy birthday note to his daughter, who turned 12 on the day of the incident, April 4, according to the post.
“I’ll be seeing you here real soon!!!” he says.