A man tried to hide his identity with a mask when he invaded his mother’s home armed with a knife Friday afternoon, police said.

He failed and was caught, but not before officers scoured a neighborhood in search of the suspect they told the public was armed and dangerous.

“I’m assuming” the mother of Austin Smith, 27, knew it was her son who broke through a window, accosted her at knife point, demanded money and tried to tie her up, said Pekin Police Public Information Officer Mike Eeten.

Smith got no money and fled from the home in the 1500 block of Center Street without harming his victim, Eeten said.

She quickly alerted police who searched area businesses and parks for Smith for about 90 minutes before finding him at about 2:15 p.m. at an apartment complex at Koch and Morton streets, Eeten said.

“We had everybody out looking for him,” he said. The police department issued a public alert to watch for but be wary of the suspect.

“We got a tip that when he gets in trouble he retreats” to the apartment complex where he was found, Eeten said. Smith put up no resistance, but was found carrying nine knives, he said.

Smith was free on bond from a charge of residential burglary filed two weeks ago. His Tazewell County court record cites two misdemeanor theft convictions in 2012 and 28 traffic citations since 2004.

Smith did not live with his mother, who had told him not to come by her home, Eeten said. He arrived anyway at about 12:45 p.m., but did not knock.

Instead, he broke a rear window, climbed through and, wearing a mask over his face and holding a knife, confronted his mother and demanded money and credit cards, Eeten said. She refused.

Smith then tried to tie her up to keep her from calling police, but failed and fled, Eeten said. He did not know the nature of the mask Smith wore.

He was taken after his arrest to Tazewell County’s jail, where he was booked on a charge of home invasion. Smith will remain in custody pending a review of the case by the county State’s Attorney’s Office and a bond court hearing within the next several days.

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