Scattered blood drops along a Belleville home’s driveway led police to the man they say shot a mother and her grown son after robbing them in June.
According to a newly-released report written by Belleville Detective Patrick Koebbe, this is how the case unfolded:
On June 12, a man followed 57-year-old Marva Petrus after she stopped at a bank ATM near her house on Glenview Drive.
Later, police would allege that 30-year-old Karvin Pitts of Alton walked up to Marva Petrus while she was getting out of her car in her home’s garage at 115 Glenview Drive. He showed her a handgun and demanded cash. The woman told him she had no money on her, but that there was some inside her house.
Pitts followed Marva Petrus into the home’s basement, where she knew her 27-year-old son Daniel Petrus would be. She tried to close a door to a separate room with Daniel Petrus to lock the invader out, but Pitts was able to get in. That’s when Marva Petrus felt a bullet hit her leg.
Daniel Petrus engaged in a struggle with Pitts. Daniel Petrus was shot in the stomach, but managed to punch the suspect several times in the face. At one point, Daniel Petrus grabbed the man’s handgun but he was unable to fire it, so he began hitting Pitts on the head with the gun — causing the attacker to bleed.
Eventually, Daniel Petrus became too weak from his injury and Pitts was able to grab his gun back. The attacker then fled down the driveway. Both Marva Petrus and Daniel Petrus survived their gunshots.
“Belleville Police Department crime-scene investigators arrived and began to process the scene,” Koebbe wrote in the report. “RBLS (red blood-like substance) droplets were observed in multiple locations, specifically on the driveway of 115 Glenview Drive, on the driveway of 123 Glenview Drive, and on the sidewalk in front of 123 Glenview Drive.”
Police identified Pitts as a suspect by running the blood drops a DNA database.
Police later asked Marva Petrus and a neighbor to view a photo lineup that included Pitts. The neighbor identified Pitts as the man he saw fleeing from the home. But Marva Petrus chose a different person in the lineup, according to Koebbe’s report.
Police arrested Pitts on Aug. 10 and charged him with home invasion, aggravated battery with a firearm, attempted armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He is due in court for a hearing Tuesday.
Pitts was convicted of residential burglary in 2004, and spent four years in prison. He also was convicted of driving with a revoked driver’s license in 2016, and was sentenced to two years of probation.