Bus Driver Attacked, Threatened With Gun In Wrigleyville

UPDATE 6:03PM FEBRUARY 20: Dillard today was ordered held without bail. Our original report follows.
A 23-year-old convicted felon who has a long history with local service agencies, not to mention local police, is charged with attacking and threatening a CTA bus driver with a handgun in Wrigleyville Thursday evening.

Dillard (Chicago Police Dept)

Rojah Dillard is charged with aggravated battery of a transit employee, aggravated assault of a transit employee, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Chicago police.

Dillard allegedly attacked the driver and brandished a handgun near the Addison Red Line station shortly after 7PM. A passing police vehicle was flagged down and the cops arrested Dillard after a short pursuit.

A handgun was recovered in an alley in the 900 block of W. Addison, about 100 yards from where Dillard was arrested, police said.

Dillard listed The Crib youth shelter, 835 W. Addison, as his home address in last night’s arrest report.

A Long History

Dillard has a long history of arrests, threats, and violence in our neighborhood.

He received a five year sentence after pleading guilty to a 2011 strong arm robbery at Sheffield and School. His parole for that case ended on December 20.

On January 27, Dillard—using the name Rojah Daleyon—was charged with battery after an armed Center on Halsted security guard told police that Dillard pushed him and tried to take his gun.

Last September, a woman told police that Dillard blocked her path as she walked in 3200 block of N. Halsted and then followed her, saying “I’ll beat your ass. I’ll shoot all y’all. This is my neighborhood.” The complainant failed to show up in court and charges were dropped.

In August 2014, Dillard was arrested after allegedly participating in a large fight at the Night Ministry weekly outreach in the MB Bank parking lot at Belmont and Halsted. That victim also failed to show up in court and charges were dropped.

One month prior to that, Dillard was charged with battery after allegedly headbutting a 22-year-old client at the Broadway Youth Center. Again, charges were dropped when the victim failed to appear in court.

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