After Sheriff Denies Electronic Monitoring, Robbery Suspect Is Set Free Any How — And He Skipped Court Tuesday

Donovan Mylander (left) contributes to Lakeview’s vibrancy at a Boystown gas station. Pictured second from right is Donovan Daffin, the 23-year-old who’s accused of participating in the River North robbery attempt with Mylander. | Facebook

A long-time Boystown nuisance who’s accused of trying to rob a man in River North last month was freed on a recognizance bond even though the Cook County Sheriff’s Office refused to accept him into its electronic monitoring program.

Yesterday, Donovan Mylander failed to show up in court, making him the latest person accused of a violent crime in Cook County who’s walking free thanks to local politicians’ love affair with a new “affordable bond” program.

Mylander is accused of going through a victim’s pants in the 500 block of North State during a robbery attempt on December 20.

Donovan Mylander | Facebook

The next day, Judge Michael Clancy ordered Mylander released on electronic monitoring with a $50,000 I-Bond. The I-Bond means that he would walk out of jail without paying bail—but he could be charged $50,000 if he fails to show up in court.

Court records show that Mylander failed to appear in court for two previous cases. He also scored a four out of six for “recent criminal activity” on the electronic monitoring assessment, records show.

On December 22, the sheriff refused to accept Mylander into the electronic monitoring program.

Despite being rejected for monitoring, Mylander was set free on a $50,000 I-Bond and no electronic monitoring.

On Tuesday, he failed to show up for his first court appearance in the robbery case. Judge Marvin Luckman issued a bench warrant.

Closer scrutiny of Mylander’s electronic monitoring paperwork shows that his “residential address” does not exist.

According to court records, Mylander had been given I-Bonds in two previous criminal cases last year. He skipped bail both times, according to records. Both of those previous failures to appear stem from cases in Boystown.

In June, Mylander was accused of battering a worker at the Center on Halsted, the massive LGBTQ service agency from which he had been banned. He didn’t show up in court.

And an October case revolved around allegations that Mylander threatened a Jewel-Osco worker during a shoplifting attempt at the grocer’s Broadway/Addison location. He didn’t show up in court that time, either.

So where is Mylander? He’s on Facebook, laughing at the system and threatening to kill snitches.

His co-defendant in the attempted robbery case, Donovan Daffin, is free on electronic monitoring. He appeared in court on Tuesday as scheduled.

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