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One arrested, one wanted in Sterling home invasion

Joshua L. White (left) and Michael Lorenz.
Joshua L. White (left) and Michael Lorenz.

STERLING – One man is in custody and another is wanted in connection with a home invasion in Sterling last month in which two people were injured.

Joshua L. White, 18, of Sterling, was arrested at 12:38 a.m. Sunday and charged with aggravated battery; he is being held on $50,000 bond.

Michael Lorenz, 25, also of Sterling, is being sought.

Police say the two knocked on the front door of a home in the 300 block of Seventh Avenue around 12:05 a.m. June 22, and forced their way inside when it was opened. A fight ensued, and two residents, a teenage boy and a 26-year-old man, were taken to CGH Medical Center, treated and released.

Apparently, no other arrests are pending, Sterling police Detective Sgt. Steve Hubbard said.

The June 22 invasion appears unrelated to a home invasion that happened 2 days later in the 1300 block of Griswold Avenue, police said.

Police found the 56-year-old occupant, whose name has not been released, seriously injured. He has since been released from OSF Saint Anthony Hospital in Peoria.

Anyone with information about Lorenz's whereabouts or the June 24 home invasion is asked to call Sterling police, 815-632-6640, or Whiteside County Crime Stoppers, 815-625-7867.

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