--Great to see this case cleared by the arrests of these pieces of garbage--
By Chicago Tribune staff
An Indiana man has been brought back to Chicago to face charges in the March home invasion and slaying of a 73-year-old retired Chicago police sergeant.
Nicholas A. Heisler, of Hammond, was arrested last week on a warrant charging him in the shooting death of Elmer Brown, who died about two weeks after the March 10 break-in. Heisler is scheduled to appear in Cook County criminal court Thursday on charges of murder and home invasion.
Two teens are also charged in the case: Jeremy Montana Mendez, 16, of Chicago, and Jesse Kazmierski, 18, of Hammond. Kazmierski and Mendez are cousins, and Heisler is a friend of one or both of them, police said.
Police say the three forced their way into Brown's home on the 11500 block of South Avenue G, knocking his wife to the floor and shooting Brown in the jaw before fleeing with a gun and a knife, according to a police report.
They believed Brown and his wife kept a large amount of cash in a safe inside their South Side home at 115th Street and Avenue G, according to prosecutors. The three, armed with a handgun, drove from Indiana to the home, and Kazmierski and one of the others began knocking loudly on the door.
Brown’s wife Mary Ann, 72, opened the door and the two forced their way inside. They demanded access the safe and Brown, who worked 38 years as a Chicago police officer, told them it was upstairs, prosecutors said.
Mary Ann Brown, who was lying face down on the floor, heard a single gunshot and looked to see her husband lying in the hallway. The three intruders threatened to shoot Mary Ann Brown if she did not remain on the ground, police records indicate.
Brown suffered gunshot wounds to the face and neck, and died about two weeks later at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Mendez has admitted to being in the Browns’ home the night of the shooting and acknowledged he went through the home looking for property to steal, according to a police report.
Kazmierski told another person about his involvement, giving the person a knife stolen from the home. He also told him that “we did something stupid,” prosecutors said.