Charges now confront a Washington woman who allegedly arranged for her drug dealer and two other men to burglarize her mother’s East Peoria home.
Malisa Watson, 39, is charged with home invasion causing injury, a Class X felony, because the burglars found her son was still inside the home. They bound and threatened to kill him, charges allege.
Martez Harris, 33, of Peoria, was the only person charged in the Jan. 22 incident until Watson’s arrest last Friday. Watson was ordered held on $150,000 bond when she appeared in court Sunday.
Watson acknowledged she arranged the crime in which a safe containing $35,000 and three handguns was taken from her mother’s home in the 400 block of Georgia Parkway, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.
She told Harris, her drug dealer, that she would take her mother and son, who lived with his grandmother, to breakfast to get them out of the house.
Harris and his partners, who remain unidentified, found the son sleeping, tied his hands, covered his head with a pillow case, put him in a bathtub and warned they would kill him if he made a sound, the affidavit stated. The young man waited until he heard no more noises in the house before he freed himself and ran to a neighbor’s house for help.
He told police he had heard his mother on her phone the previous day telling someone “she had an idea to make some money,” the affidavit stated.
A home video security system captured the masked men ransacking bedrooms and taking the safe from one. Harris’s cellphone revealed he had received a call from Watson’s phone at about the time the burglars were inside the residence, the affidavit stated.
Harris remains in custody on charges of home invasion and residential burglary. He’s next due in court Friday.