Gregory Donner

Gregory Donner

A man with a long list of convictions was charged with criminal trespass to land and resisting a peace officer after being seen in a North Beverly yard, then fleeing from police before being tased and arrested.

Gregory Donner, 47, who has a last-known home address on the 1700 block of West 95th Street, was arrested on Jan. 6, according to the Chicago Police Department Office of News Affairs.

At about 6:26 p.m., officers responded to the 9000 block of South Hoyne Avenue after a call of a suspicious person. A woman, 64, said she saw a male enter her yard, then flee south by climbing over fences in neighboring yards.

Officers saw the man, then chased him on foot and verbally commanded him to stop, police said.

Donner continued to run, police said, while holding his waistband and carrying an unknown object in his other hand.

Officers successfully deployed a Taser, police said, and no marks were found on Donner; he declined medical treatment.

Police also said Donner was the subject of a warrant issued for his arrest. Two of the charges are misdemeanors.

In a mass email, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea said Donner was found in possession of burglary tools, and the subject line of the email was “Arrest made in garage burglaries.”

Police had recently issued a community alert regarding garage burglaries in North Beverly, but Donner was not charged in connection with any of those incidents, police said.

According to the Illinois Department of Convictions, Donner had been in prison for several convictions, including nine burglaries, since 1990.

Most recently, he had been sentenced to 17 years in prison for burglary and was paroled in July 2018 after being in prison since late November 2010.

He has also been in prison for possession of a controlled substance, theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a weapon by a felon.

Donner appeared in court on Jan. 7 and was released on his own recognizance.

His next court date is Feb. 17.

O’Shea said he planned to follow Donner’s case. He credited a group effort for Donner’s arrest.

“I’d like to thank the Chicago Police Department for their quick and decisive action in this matter, Area South Detectives who are working diligently on this case, and the residents who called 911 to report the incident,” O’Shea said. “Working together, we can and will keep our community strong for the future.”