An Evanston man who gave his address as a homeless shelter at the Lake Street Church has been charged with robbery and burglary.

Evanston police say a man returning to his home in the 2100 block of Wesley Avenue in the early morning hours of Sept. 9 found an intruder in the apartment holding his laptop computer and camera.

After a brief struggle, the intruder managed to flee through the same bedroom window he’d used to enter the home and escaped on foot with the laptop.

Patrol units responding to the call searched the area without success.

But detectives, in interviews with the victim, were able to develop a detailed description of the robber, which led the police to arrange a lineup in which the victim was able to identify the suspect.

Based on a review of the case, the state’s attorney’s office filed robbery and residential burglary charges against the suspect, who police identified as 40-year-old Jimmie Lee Henley. He’s scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Update 9/18/08: Paul Selden, director of Connections for the Homeless, which operates the shelter at the Lake Street Church, says his organization has no record of a man with the name given by the suspect living at the shelter during the past four years.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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