The litter-strewn, decrepit home on Lafayette Avenue in Englewood, just a short block from the Soldiers Monument on the edge of the city’s business district, had a poignant story to tell Thursday, the day after America’s veterans were honored for their service in combat.
The depths of that story were not revealed until police arrested a man on a variety of charges and found he had been squatting in the supposedly vacant house with four other men who authorities said had moved in and taken over in the absence of the 59-year-old woman soldier who owns it, along with her husband.
“Rosales-Campos, the man charged with armed robbery and a string of at least seven burglaries since late September, is from El Salvador and living in the United States illegally, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell said. Torell said Valencia-Hernandez, Contreras-Ixtla and Chavez are from Mexico and in the U.S. illegally, and Meneses-Arango is a permanent U.S. resident from Colombia.”