A woman took her mother to breakfast while her drug dealer and others stole thousands of dollars and several handguns from her mother’s East Peoria home, charges allege.
But because Lisa Watson allegedly didn’t lure her son as well from the home he shares with his grandmother, one of the alleged burglars is also charged with home invasion in the case.
Watson is not yet charged in connection with the incident on Jan. 22 at her mother’s home in the 400 block of Georgia Parkway. Police are still seeking two men who also entered the home.
Martez Harris, 33, of Peoria, is being held on $750,000 bond pending his March 22 arraignment on home invasion and residential burglary charges. He was sentenced in 2005 to 24 years in prison for armed robbery with a firearm in Peoria.
Watson’s son, Christopher Humphry, told police he was sleeping at about 9 a.m. when two men awoke him, tied his hands, put a pillow case over his head and led him to a bathtub, with a warning to make no noise or he would be shot, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.
After about 15 minutes, the noise and voices he’d heard stopped. He managed to free his hands and ran to a neighbor’s house for help. Police arrived to find the home ransacked but an inside security video system still intact.
It showed three men, wearing gloves with their faces covered, enter three bedrooms and take a safe from one. Humphry’s grandmother later told police the safe contained about $35,000 and three handguns her late husband owned, the affidavit stated.
Both Humphry and his grandmother said they suspected Watson had arranged the crime. Humphry said the previous day he overheard her on her phone telling someone “she had an idea to make some money,” the affidavit stated.
The grandmother said Watson insisted they go to breakfast together the morning of the burglary. Watson, she said, was surprised that Humphry hadn’t accompanied his grandmother on the outing, the affidavit stated.
Watson later acknowledged that Harris was her drug dealer and she had planned to get her mother and son out of their house, the affidavit stated.