Back in 2013, Kenzell Lesure made quite a splash in Lakeview.
That’s when video of then-19-year-old Lesure intentionally crashing a stolen SUV into several vehicles along Belmont Avenue went viral — it’s been seen more than 6.6 million times on YouTube.
Prosecutors charged Lesure with receiving-possessing a stolen vehicle, criminal damage to property, and aggravated assault.
Then, they handed him an incredible gift: They agreed to accept his guilty plea in exchange for just 30 months probation.
Lesure screwed that up. His probation was revoked and he wound up going to prison for the Lakeview incident in 2015. He was paroled in November.
Now, it looks like he’s back in the hood.
Chicago Police arrested Lesure Sunday evening after they allegedly found him in a crashed stolen car at Roscoe and Halsted.
Prosecutors charged Lesure with criminal trespass to a vehicle and a traffic violation.
The next day, Lesure received another fantastic gift from Illinois.
Prosecutors dropped the criminal trespass case in exchange for Lesure’s guilty plea on the traffic item.
It just means that watching traffic in the neighborhood will be a lot more fun this summer.
Oh, one more thing.
Two people who saw the police activity on Sunday couldn’t help but notice that Lesure was sporting a Center on Halsted ID badge. (Crazy right?) And court records show that he lists the Howard Brown Health Center at 4025 N. Sheridan as his home.
|2012 pic of Kenzell Lesure in the Center on Halsted CyberCenter | Facebook|
Speaking of old habits that are hard to break: The Center on Halsted this week failed to show up in court for a criminal court case.
Just days after we reported that the Center had started appearing in court to face defendants who’ve been arrested and charged on its behalf, the LGBTQ service agency once again failed to appear.
Trespassing charges against Miara Davenport were dropped as a result, according to court records.
Incredibly, the failure to appear came exactly one week after the Center met behind closed doors with two alderman and the local police commander to address public safety issues. We’re told that Center reps agreed during that meeting to continue to appear at all court cases in which the firm or its employees are listed as victims.
That promise lasted a week.